Australia Hit by Two Cyclones as Violent Winds Lash Coast

February 20, 2015 12:19 AM

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(Bloomberg) -- Australia’s north and east coasts are being lashed by two severe cyclones with destructive winds of as much as 285 kilometers per hour (177 mph), with coal to energy projects halted and residents warned to stay in their homes.

Cyclone Marcia crossed the Queensland coast near Shoalwater Bay, more than 600 kilometers northwest of the state capital Brisbane, the Bureau of Meteorology said on its website at 9:58 a.m. eastern standard time. It’s making landfall as a category 5 storm and is moving south at 21 kilometers an hour...

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