Three die in flood waters as strong storm lashes Australia
Three people have been killed in flood waters after a strong storm pounded Australia's east coast over the weekend.
The body of a 65-year-old man was found in a car on Monday in a creek near the town of Bowral, about 75 miles south of Sydney, while the body of another man was found in a truck washed away by flood waters in the south-west Sydney suburb of Leppington, New South Wales state police said.
In the nation's capital, Canberra, a 37-year-old man died after powerful flood waters flipped his truck over and swept it away.
The storm whipped up waves as high as 40 feet, which caused severe beach erosion and forced hundreds of coastal residents to evacuate.
The storm pummelled beach houses along the coast, with a swimming pool at one seaside home in north Sydney collapsing and falling on to the eroded sands below.
The storm knocked out power to more than 85,000 homes and businesses over the weekend. Nearly 300 people needed to be rescued from flooded areas across New South Wales, the state emergency services agency said.
Many of those people had attempted to drive or walk across flooded roads.