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Australia Cleans up after Cyclone Ului

March 22, 2010 — Clean-up efforts are underway in northeastern Australia, after being battered by Cyclone Ului over the weekend.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses are still without power this morning, two days after a damaging storm barreled across the region.

Cyclone Ului brought heavy rain, roaring winds and high storm surge to coastal communities in Australia's northeast. Some of the more extensive damage could be found at ports, where dozens of boats had sunk or smashed up against rocks.

'We were probably expecting winds to come up from north but total reverse, came from the south,' one boat owner told local media.

Property damage was also reported at several tourist destinations.

'Refridgeration is gone so we have thrown everything from the fridges out. We can't feed the guests,' said one resort owner.

Sugar cane fields were also hit hard by this storm. Growers are already estimating losses into the millions of dollars.

The state government has set up a disaster relief fund and federal aid is now available to those who were affected.

For more on the clean-up in Australia, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Our newscast comes up at :12 and :42 minutes past each hour.

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