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Dust storms, hail and flash floods batter Australian cities amid raging wildfires

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Australia wildfires, floods, hail, hit CanberraDust storms, hail and flash floods battered beleaguered Australian cities, extreme weather that diminished the threat from scores of wildfires  blazing across the country’s southeast.

A hailstorm Monday in the national capital, Canberra, damaged public buildings, businesses, homes and cars, cut power to some suburbs, brought down trees, caused flash flooding and injured two people.

To the west, a 186-mile-wide cloud of red dust was carried by wind gusts up to 66 mph and descended on the drought-stricken towns of Dubbo, Broken Hill, Nyngan and Parkes. Much of the dust is topsoil from New South Wales state farms.



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