Cyclones Marcia and Lam Barrel into Australia

February 20, 2015 2:53 AM

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Cyclones Marcia and Lam Barrel into Australia

BRISBANE, Australia—Thousands of Australians were bracing for severe flooding and emergency workers evacuated some small coastal towns Friday as two powerful tropical storms swept across northern areas in a rare weather assault that officials said threatened to trigger a “calamity”.

The twin storms, Cyclone Lam and Cyclone Marcia, barreled inland on Friday over areas 1,500 miles apart, hitting the outback Northern Territory and the more populated central coast of Queensland state, knocking out power in some areas and cutting road access.

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