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Last Updated: Friday September 17 2010 10:40 GMT

Snow causes havoc in Australia

Snow in Australia

We often hear about wildfires causing havoc in Australia - but this time, heavy snow and ice are causing problems in the state of Tasmania.

Thousands of homes have been left without power and loads of roads are closed leaving people stranded.

Weather experts say wind speeds have topped speeds of 75 miles per hour in some parts of the region.

It's spring in Australia, so the snow is very unexpected! The extreme weather is meant to ease off in a few days.