This NOAA photo obtained May 1, 2015 shows Cyclone Quang currently northwest of Learmonth, Australia, weakening as dry air is drawn toward the center of rotation. AFP PHOTO/NOAA/HANDOUT
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In announcing the first three deaths late Friday, Palaszczuk said that a deluge of 277 millimetres (almost 11 inches) of rain fell in the area where the deaths occurred in just three hours.Police said four of the deaths occurred when two 4-wheel drive vehicles were swept away from the same bridge in Caboolture, some 44 kilometres (27 miles) north of Brisbane on Friday afternoon."We are devastated," said Queensland's Police, Fire and Emergency Minister Jo-Ann Miller as she revealed that authorities had received some 4,000 calls for assistance over a five-hour period on Friday afternoon.Almost 60 swift water rescues were conducted as the storm hit, she said.
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