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>> This battered disaster zone is a thousand kilometers long. The path of a powerful cyclone that swept along Australia's east coast, leaving two dead and tens of thousands stranded. Residents in Queensland and New South Wales left reeling by the destruction. Flash flooding cutting off roads, bridges destroyed, and 100,000 homes without power.
Police say they've recovered the bodies of two women from floodwaters late on Friday. One found on a swamped property, the other retrieved from a car that had been swept off a flooded bridge. As floodwaters continue to rise, authorities fear that death toll could, too. One of the worst hit areas, the city of Lismore, where residents woke to the sound of flood sirens.
By daybreak, their town was under water, making it the worst flood the city's seen in nearly 20 years. 40,000 people have been forced to evacuate to higher ground, as water rapidly rises to roof level in some areas. Thousands of schools have been closed and many businesses are staying shut until the coast is clear.