Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Downpours leave Australia flooded

People brave the rain during Breakfast on the Bridge in Sydney, Australia (AP)

Torrential downpours have dumped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of eastern Australia, causing flash flooding, stranding cars and knocking out power to thousands.

Heavy rain has been falling across coastal areas of south-eastern Queensland since Sunday, with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour ripping branches from trees and downing power lines. No injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the storm.

About 6 inches of rain had drenched the state capital Brisbane by Monday afternoon, and parts of the nearby Gold Coast were drenched with 11 inches, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Crews were working Monday to restore electricity to 20,000 homes and businesses left in the dark.

Brisbane police said several drivers had to be rescued from stranded vehicles, and many roads around the city were closed due to the flooding.

The rain was expected to taper off later Monday, said Ben Annells, the weather bureau's senior forecaster.

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