Massive dust storms in Australia hit central New South Wales

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"An extensive area of dust has been picked up by the strong and gusty winds ahead of a cold front moving across South Australia", BOM South Australia said in a tweet.

The summer in Australia felt all the effects of climate change.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse also said fire-affected areas could experience run-off, flash flooding and roadways covered by debris.

The Canberra hailstorm on the afternoon of Monday, January 20, caused significant damage to most of our 65 glasshouses as well as to a number of other buildings and solar panels, and numerous vehicles at CSIRO's Black Mountain Science and Innovation Park.

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Federal politician Anthony Byrne shared a heartbreaking picture of a cockatoo he found in his garden that had been "smashed" in the Canberra hailstorm today. "That is still a concern for pretty much everyone", seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams told reporters. All of these calls came after noon, the agency said. We have teams out today, doing significant work ... we've done almost 70 per cent of the jobs overnight, ' SES assistant commissioner Paul Bailey told ABC TV. Outflow winds from these storms, which have struck the country during the past several days and are likely to continue for another day, are stirring up massive dust storms that evoke scenes from the American Southwest.

The storm also caused flash flooding, knocked out power for many and left two people injured, according to local officials.

An intense dust storm is sweeping through a huge area of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, reducing visibility and prompting a warning to drivers on outback roads.

While the recent rains could damper fire activity, the long-term drought conditions and high temperatures will still make for risky fire weather.

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The insane weather in parts of Australia continued to be haunted by bushfires, which burned parts of the country, killed hundreds of millions of animals and destroyed more than 2,000 houses.

The temperature in Victoria is set to climb into the mid-30 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) range on Wednesday amid fierce winds, prompting extreme weather warnings in the western parts of the state, where authorities say "new start" fires will be hard to contain.

"Normal recovery processes will be less effective and take longer", ecologist Roger Kitching of Griffith University in Queensland told The Associated Press.

He said: "Ultimately, we need to remain vigilant".

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