Storm lashes BirdsvilleBy Chrissy Arthur, Thursday November 8, 2012 - 12:00 EDT
The outback Queensland town of Birdsville is cleaning up after a fierce storm last night.
Resident Don Rowlands says only 10 millimetres of rain fell but power was out for about 45 minutes during the storm.
He says the wind has bought down large tree branches and left debris in the streets.
"The wind came up, blew a bugger for a long time - knocked down a few limbs from our trees in the backyard," he said.
"Having a bit of a drive around town ... there are lots of wheelie bins lying in the streets.
"There's even a green canoe on Adelaide Street and I' not sure whether that was blown from its moorings or someone getting ready to move out from the storm."
© ABC 2012
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