16 Feb '11, 4am

New cyclone lashes Australia's Darwin

New cyclone lashes Australia's Darwin

SYDNEY: Torrential rain and high winds lashed Darwin Wednesday as a new tropical cyclone bore down on Australia's north, just two weeks after a top-strength storm caused massive destruction. Schools and a major airport were closed as Tropical Cyclone Carlos formed off the far-flung northern city, which was hit by floods and downed power lines during a night of extreme weather. Public broadcaster ABC said streets were flooded, while one house and an ambulance were crushed by falling trees. The weather bureau said some Darwin suburbs received up to 350 millimetres (14 inches) of rain in 24 hours. Carlos was measured at category one on a scale of one to five. It was expected to peak at category two Thursday as it slowly circles away from Darwin and heads south-west, skimming the sparsely inhabited coastline. Residents of Darwin, which has a population of about 120,000 and was...

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