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Violent storm leaves trail of debris in Australia

A violent storm ripped through picturesque tourist hubs in eastern Australia, leaving one person dead and causing damage comparable to that wrought by a cyclone, officials said Monday.

Sunday's storm tore the roofs off scores of homes, felled trees and power lines that flattened cars and sent corrugated iron corrugated iron
A structural sheet iron, usually galvanized, shaped in parallel furrows and ridges for rigidity.

corrugated iron
 sheeting and other debris flying through the air.

"It looks like a bomb -- like there's been a great big bomb go off in our street," said Davina Thomas, a resident of The Gap, near the eastern Queensland city of Brisbane 'City of Brisbane' can refer to:
  • Brisbane City, a large city in southeast Queensland.
  • The official name of the Brisbane City Council, the local government body responsible for the administration of much of Brisbane.

"We still can't get out of our street, there's power lines down, there's trees across the road and all we can hear is sirens. It's terrible, my daughter's had her roof blown off (her house), it's in the pool now," she told local radio.

Electricity was cut to around 230,000 homes and businesses as thunderstorms thunderstorms

a storm characterized by thunder and lightning caused by strong rising air currents; identified as agents of animal disease because of their involvement causing (1) spasmodic colic; (2) lightning strike; (3) injuries of cattle acquired in stampedes initiated by storms.
, flash flooding, hailstones and destructive winds battered southeast Queensland, home to the prime summer tourist destinations of the Gold and Sunshine coasts.

More than 56,000 homes were still without power on Monday after what some experts described as the worst storms in 25 years, power company officials said.

"The only thing that has been anything like it is Cyclone Larry Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry (JTWC designation: 17P) was a tropical cyclone that made landfall in Australia during the 2005-06 Southern Hemisphere tropical cyclone season. ," said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh Anna Maria Bligh (born 14 July 1960) is an Australian politician and the current Premier of Queensland. She has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 1995, representing the electorate of South Brisbane. , referring to the storm that caused one billion dollars (645 million US) in damage when it hit north Queensland North Queensland is the northern part of the state of Queensland in Australia. Queensland is a massive state, larger than most countries, and the Tropical northern part of it has been historically remote and underdeveloped, resulting in a distinctive regional character and  in March 2006.

A 20-year-old man died when he was swept away while photographing the dramatic weather from a stormwater drain north of the state capital, Brisbane, police said.

Brisbane's north-west suburbs were worst hit with roofs ripped from houses and power lines brought down, while a freight train was derailed and a nursing home was partially evacuated after significant structural damage, according to the Australian Associated Press Australian Associated Press (AAP) is Australia's national news agency. The organisation was established in 1935.

AAP employs more than 175 journalists who work in bureaux in all Australian states and territories.

Inland areas such as the scenic Mount Tamborine area were also hit, with roads blocked by fallen trees.

"It was pretty bad, there were trees down, hailstones the size of golf balls and the boys have been working hard to restore the power," said Kerry Dickenson of the St Bernard's Hotel.
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Date:Nov 17, 2008
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