Dust storms, hail and flash floods batter Australian cities amid raging wildfires. Reports from Canberra, Australia – Dust 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.
“It’s part and parcel of this record drought we’ve got at the moment,” Dubbo Mayor Ben Shields told Nine Network television.
Hail struck Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, on Sunday, and more hailstorms are forecast. The city has been choked by smoke from distant wildfires in Victoria state.
Australia sees golfball-sized hail, dust storms from severe weather as wildfire season ‘far from over’. As wildfires continued to burn through parts of eastern Australia, severe storms on Monday brought hail and flooding to major cities in the region.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology issued severe thunderstorm warnings for the Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory as powerful storms moved through.
In the Australian capital of Canberra, a violent thunderstorm produced hailstones as large as golf balls, damaging buildings and smashing car windows throughout the city.
Streets were also covered in hailstones as drivers attempted to navigate through areas that were impacted by flash-flooding.
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