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Australia storm leaves 3 dead

SYDNEY (AP) – Three people were killed in floodwaters from a strong storm that pounded Australia’s east coast over the weekend, with drenching rains and huge ocean swells forcing some coastal residents to flee their homes and sending a swimming pool sliding into the sea.

The body of a 65-year-old man was found in a car on Monday in a creek near the town of Bowral, about 120 kilometers south of Sydney, while the body of another man was found in a truck washed away by floodwaters in the southwest Sydney suburb of Leppington, New South Wales state police said. In the nation’s capital, Canberra, a 37-year-old man died after powerful floodwaters flipped his truck over and swept it away.