Australia prepares for floods in aftermath of major cyclones

February 21, 2015 6:50 AM

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ROCKHAMPTON, Australia (Reuters) - Australia braced on Saturday for heavy rains and floods after weather authorities downgraded two cyclones that lashed its north and northeast, damaging homes and snapping power links, but there were no reports of casualties.

Troops were on standby to help with clean-up efforts in the northeastern state of Queensland after heavy rains and winds in excess of 200 kph (125 mph) brought by Cyclone Marcia on Friday.

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