A cyclone killed two people and devastated the small farming town of Sandon in Victoria, Australia on Sunday (14 November).
SVs Wreckage and uprooted trees (3 shots) in cyclone-devastated Sandon, Australia
GV People loading debris onto truck
LV ZOOM IN TO Damaged car
GV Barricade and sign across road ZOOM IN TO torn off branches
SVs AND CU Car in which two people were killed (5 shots)
SV AND CU Other car badly damaged in cyclone and woman driver inspecting it (5 shots)
"Today hundreds of volunteers started cleaning up the remains left by the cyclone, which for a quarter of an hour tore at three farmhouses, uprooted trees and smashed through sheds and properties as its wide front carved out a ten-kilometre-long route. Families today told of hiding under beds when the cyclone suddenly moved down on them and of the countryside looking as if it had been hit by a snow-storm of iron.
"Three cars pulled up together as the eye of the cyclone smashed over them, but the couple from Bendigo died in horrifying circumstances, when their car was sucked up and bounced round for about hundred metres in the fierce turbulence of the cyclone. Their bodies were ripped our and hurled to the ground. The front passenger seat belt is still in a clipped-on position.
"Mrs. Avis Lear of Newstead and her young daughter were in one of the three cars, and although extensively damaged by stones and sheets of iron, somehow survived the fury of what Mrs. Lear first thought was a huge bushfire."
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Background: A cyclone killed two people and devastated the small farming town of Sandon in Victoria, Australia on Sunday (14 November). The storm tore through the town, wrecking all buildings in minutes and sucking a car with two people inside about 100 metres into the air. A trail of destruction across farms and through the town is grim testimony to the force of the 95-mile-an-hour (150 kilometres per hour) cyclone. A reporter in Sandon takes up the story.