Australia reels from wild weather

(AFP) — Australia’s biggest city was shrouded in an eerie blanket of red dust on Wednesday as bushfires, earthquakes, wild winds and massive hail stones caused havoc in the country.

Sydney’s cars and buildings turned orange as strong winds blew desert dust across the city, snarling commuter and air transport and prompting a warning for children and the elderly to stay indoors.

Residents wore face masks and covered their mouths with scarves as they travelled to work under red skies, while long delays were expected at Sydney airport after several international flights were diverted.

Elsewhere in New South Wales, hail stones “the size of cricket balls” smashed windows as thunderstorms and gale-force winds lashed the state late on Tuesday. [Emphasis PID]

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