Last Updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wild weather in New South Wales, Australia kills 3


Wild weather in New South Wales in Australia has claimed lives of at least three people.

The cyclonic storm hit Australia's east coast cutting power to more than 200,000 homes and stranding a cruise ship off the coast in mountainous seas, Reuters reported.

The Bureau of Meteorology said 172 millimetres (6.8 inches) of rain had fallen in Sydney in 24 hours — the city's wettest period since 2002. Cyclone-strength winds of up to 135 kph (85 mph) uprooted trees in the area.

In the Sydney suburbs of Manly and North Manly, the State Emergency Service (SES) visited homes and sent text messages to warn homes could be flooded if the Manly Dam continued to rise, ABC reported.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) said it had received more than 3,000 calls for help and had to carry out 19 flood rescues.