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Last Updated: Tuesday March 23 2010 08:15 GMT

Australia hit by huge hailstones

Hailstorm hits Australian city

The west Australia city of Perth has been hit by a huge hailstorm.

Car windows were smashed by hailstones the size of golf balls, while the storm also brought torrential rains, flooding, landslides and strong winds.

Lots of schools have had to close, hospitals have been flooded, and many homes are without electricity because power lines blew over.

In just seven minutes the city had the same amount of rain it normally gets in a whole month.

The damage, which included an airport terminal losing its roof, is thought to be around £66.5m.

Weather forecasters said more stormy weather was expected, after one of the driest summers on record.