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Damaging Storm Hammers Australia

March 23, 2010 — One of Perth's worst storms in years brings damaging hail, torrential rain and powerful winds.

It was a storm that brought parts of Perth more than four times the monthly average of rain in only two hours. And now, residents have a lot of cleaning up to do.

Main roads in the western Australian capital were completely washed out, while massive chunks of hail damaged homes and cars. A mudslide near one building forced tenants to evacuate and stay at a temporary shelter.

At times, the winds were gusting up to 120 kilometres per hour. Before long, more than 100,000 people had no electricity.

'That's the first time we have seen rain in Perth since we have been over here,' said one tourist. 'We are on holidays, we came over in December, that's the first time we have seen rain and that's an awful lot of rain to see in one go.'

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, damages could reach up into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

For more details on this story, 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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