Tuesday, July 12, 2016

One man killed as storms continue to batter Australia

Severe weather has continued to batter southern parts of Australia, tearing down trees and power lines.

The worst effected state was South Australia, hit by winds of 120 kilometres an hour.

A 71-year-old man was removing a fallen tree from the road, when a second tree fell on him and killed him, according to ABC News.

In separate incidents, one man was hurt when a water tank fell on him and a woman was treated for leg injuries after being hit by a falling tree.

Trees caused damage in many parts of the state, crushing cars and blocking roads.

More than 38,000 properties are still without power following the storm.

Despite the hazards, dozens of people braved the conditions to visit Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills in the hope of seeing the rare sight of snow.

Temperatures on Mount Lofty dropped as low as 1.4C just after 7:00am and finally around lunchtime there was a light wintry flurry.

The winds in South Australia are expected to ease during Wednesday - but the storm is also battering Tasmania and Victoria.

The latest severe weather comes only a week after devastating floods hit Tasmania.

Heavy snow has now covered parts of the state, with the snow level dropping to just 100 metres in the south.

Winds gusting up to 117km/h have been reported in the port city of Burnie, on the northwest coast and the winds are expected to stay strong.

Heavy showers and blustery winds are expected across Tasmania over the next few days.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

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