Australia under siege by golf ball-sized hail

Australia under siege by golf ball-sized hail

Dust storms, meanwhile, swept across areas of New South Wales on January 19, leaving clouds of red smog in its path and blocking out parts of the sky as it billowed across towns.

The heavy rainfall has helped mitigate the situation in Australia's scorched states - New South Wales and Victoria - but it won't be enough to put out the remaining blazes, according to officials.

The Bureau of Meteorology features expected men and women when you look at the southeast of New South Wales, including Sydney, is ready when it comes to violent storm.

The rain began late last week, delighting Australians seeking solace after a year that was the hottest and driest on record.

The storms also triggered flash flood warnings and increased the risk of areas hit by the fires.

Hail covers vehicles in an intersection Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Canberra, Australia.

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.

The wildfires and dust storms have been exacerbated by extreme heat and drought - which experts say are symptoms of Australia's climate crisis.

"Basically, it was like Armageddon", Wardhaugh told ABC. Australian National University in Canberra was forced to shut down for two days following the storms to assess the damages.

Several more photos shared across social media provide a glimpse into the extent of the storm's damage.

Incredible vision has emerged from the moment a huge dust storm rolled through the city of Dubbo in regional NSW on Sunday night.

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The recent rains have somewhat eased the drought in Australia.

"These people are extremely lucky to be alive", Ambulance New South Wales duty manager Greg Marshall said in a statement.

The freak weather came parts of Australia continues to be ravaged by the bushfires that have left swathes of the country burned, hundreds of millions of animals dead, and more than 2,000 homes destroyed.

In the past, Australia has not yet dealt with the fire in the jungles that another disaster has occurred in the country.

"(On Monday) we have a very active thunderstorm day forecast, particularly across southeastern and central-eastern parts of the state, as well as parts of the southwest slopes", Barr said.

"Some species are more vulnerable to fire than others and some areas were more severely burnt than others, so further analysis will be needed before we can fully assess the impact of the fires on the ground", she said.

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