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Freak weather strikes Australia

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An electrical storm left thousands of homes without power in Brisbane.

One energy company reported power cuts to more than 15,000 homes as the winds brought down powerlines.

A spokeswoman said 11,300 lightning strikes were recorded during the storm.

In New South Wales, record cold temperatures brought snow and hail to the Blue Mountains, near Sydney.

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