Disaster havoc in Australia doesn't stop, now these things increase after fire

Disaster havoc in Australia doesn't stop, now these things increase after fire

Disaster havoc in Australia doesn't stop, now these things increase after fire

On Thursday, in particular, heat is forecast to intensify in New South Wales and Queensland, with a high temperature of 104 degrees (40 Celsius) forecast for Sydney, along with strong winds. (Dale Appleton / DELWP via AP) This picture from December 31, 2019 shows a horse trying to move away from nearby brush fires in a residential lot near the city of Nowra in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

Some of the heaviest hit areas include South Australia's Riverland region and western parts of New South Wales, with photos showing orange skies around Broken Hill.

The storm also caused flash flooding , cut off several power supplies and injured two people, according to local officials.

Monday's ferocious hailstorm that pelted Canberra in a 30-minute frenzy of wild weather has wiped out years of CSIRO research.

Australia's southeast has already had to deal with the bad effects of historic bushfires and huge clouds of smoke.

The city's emergency services received a record-setting 1,300 calls for help - as wind gusts reached about 52 miles per hour, according to the report. There they call it a Haboob dust storm, "he said".

Thunderstorms and giant hail battered parts of Australia's east coast yesterday after "apocalyptic" dust storms swept across drought-stricken areas, as extreme weather patterns collided in the bush fire-fatigued country.

Entire towns were engulfed by the huge dust storms.

"The dust extends into NSW and [Victoria] and covers an estimated area of over 275,000 square kilometres", South Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said in a tweet.

Hail storms, dust clouds and flooding are battering Australia, alongside the ongoing bushfires, wreaking havoc on major cities.

"The dust storms affecting central western New South Wales are a direct effect of two years of drought and greatly diminished vegetative cover on the soil surface", said Stephen Cattle, a soil scientist at the University of Sydney.

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

Australia is slowly recovering from the aftermath of the summer with the fire dying down slowly.

Vehicle windscreens were obliterated at the Australian National University and Old Parliament House, while a wind gust of 117km/h was recorded at Canberra airport.

The fires have claimed at least 28 lives, destroyed more than 2,600 homes, and destroyed more than 10.4 million hectares since September.

"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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