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Australia Braces as Bushfire Warning Reaches ‘Catastrophic'


Added 11-10-19 09:04:03pm EST - “(Bloomberg) -- Australia is bracing for another week of devastating bushfires, with emergency services saying swaths of the eastern seaboard and even areas on the fringes of greater Sydney are facing a "catastrophic" threat.It's the…” - Finance.yahoo.com

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(Bloomberg) -- Australia is bracing for another week of devastating bushfires, with emergency services saying swaths of the eastern seaboard and even areas on the fringes of greater Sydney are facing a “catastrophic” threat.

It’s the first time authorities have set the warning level for the region around Australia’s largest city at maximum since the fire-danger rating system was introduced a decade ago.

In recent days, three people have been killed and more than 150 homes destroyed in the state of New South Wales as a series of fires ripped through areas rendered exceptionally dry after a two-year drought. The devastation is unprecedented, considering summer hasn’t even begun.

While cooler weather eased some of the immediate pressure on Sunday, authorities expect the situation to deteriorate on Tuesday as hot and windy conditions sweep through New South Wales and Queensland, where states of emergency have been declared.

“Weather conditions are looking dire,” New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said at a press conference on Sunday. “We are bracing ourselves.”

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