3 killed by falling trees as storm lashes Australian city

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A wild storm that hit Australia's second-largest city knocked out power to 50,000 homes and felled trees that killed three people, authorities said Friday.

A 4-year-old boy was struck by a tree Thursday evening and died later in hospital, a police statement said.

A 59-year-old man was killed when a falling tree crushed the car he was driving. And another tree truck a pickup truck on a highway, killing a 36-year-old woman passenger. The 24-year-old male driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

Around 50,000 homes in Australia's second-largest city were still without power on Friday morning.

Emergency services received more than 1,700 calls for help.

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