Another cyclone bruises weather-weary Australia

2011-02-16 09:05

Darwin, Australia – Australia’s second cyclone in two weeks knocked down trees and power lines in the main northern city of Darwin.

Cyclone Carlos dumped heavy rain and sent wind gusts up to 130 kph through the city as the storm passed nearby the area today.

Schools, the airport and government buildings were closed.

The storm passed as close as 3km to the city, but stayed offshore.

The Bureau of Meteorology says it could circle back towards the city tomorrow.

The storm is far less powerful than Cyclone Yasi, which devastated several towns in the northeast state of Queensland two weeks ago.

Queensland was suffering from floods since late last year that destroyed 35 000 homes and caused billions in damage.

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