26 Sep 2013

Winds fan bush fires in Australia

8:55 pm on 26 September 2013

Winds of up to 100kmh are fanning bush fires in Australia, causing blackouts across large parts of the east of the country.

Emergency warnings have been issued for bushfires in northern New South Wales, while more than 1000 calls for help have been made in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

In New South Wales, about 20 homes are under threat from an out-of-control fire which has closed the Pacific Highway near Taree.

The winds have also caused major blackouts in Sydney, with trees toppling on to power lines, and Melbourne has also been hit.