A major clean-up operation is underway in South Eastern Australia following a freak storm which caused millions of dollars damage.
SV Damage to home in Canberra suburb (5 shots)
GVs Damage caused at Canberra airport (4 shots)
AV Bush fires in Blue Mountains
GVs Warriewood: Fires burning and firemen fighting blaze (4 shots)
GVs & SV PAN Residents of Warriewood being evacuated (3 shots)
GVs Sutherlandshire: flames being fought by firemen (5 shots)
REPORTER: "Within twenty minutes some 60 houses had lost almost all their roofs. The worst damage, though, was in North Canberra near Belconnon in the suburb of McGregor. There, Mr. and Mrs. Anne and Malcolm Gamlon saw the roof of their home fly through the air and land 30 yards (metres) away, on their neighbours' house. Some of the worst damage took place at Canberra airport. Three small planes were flipped over on their backs and severely damaged. The heavy metal doors of one of the main light plane hangars were ripped off their foundations -- and that's going to take the rest of the day for the workmen to clear."
The bush fires were at their worst in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Barry Matheson reports:
REPORTER: "Starting near the Bahai Temple near Monavale Road, they quickly spread and before long houses were threatened. All available fire united including the Terry Hills volunteer bush fire fighters went into action.
At times the blaze seemed uncontrollable as the flames swept up to greenhouses and market gardens. Firemen thought the menace was serious enough to evacuate residents. Top of the city, fires were out of control in the Sutherlandshire. By far the worst was at Meninde near the Warranora River where there was a serious threat to houses. The wind was strong -- -- swirling sparks, ash and other debris -- hampered firemen. Several had to be treated for eye injuries. Late today the fires were still causing concern. More than 200 men were deployed in the area, doing their best to stop flames reaching property."
REPORTER: PETER HARVEY AND BARRY MATHESON
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Background: A major clean-up operation is underway in South Eastern Australia following a freak storm which caused millions of dollars damage. It swept along the coast from Canberra to Sydney, unroofing homes, damaging buildings, and fanning huge bush fires. Dozens of people were injured as debris was sent flying from homes and offices by large gusts of wind. Fires swept close to home on the outskirts of Sydney -- and only a major operation by firefighters kept them under control. From Sydney, Peter Harvey of TCN 9 reports: