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Dust storm sweeps Australia

<p>A cyclist rides under the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. Gale force winds battered eastern Australia, bringing huge dust storms to the nation's heavily populated east coast.    REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A cyclist rides under the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. Gale force winds battered eastern Australia, bringing huge dust storms to the nation's heavily populated east coast. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A cyclist rides under the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. Gale force winds battered eastern Australia, bringing huge dust storms to the nation's heavily populated east coast. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A photographer takes pictures of the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009.       REUTERS/Tim Wimborne </p>

A photographer takes pictures of the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A photographer takes pictures of the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A combination of two images of boats passing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, photographed at 6:00 am (top) and 12:15 pm on September 23, 2009. A huge outback dust storm swept eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, disrupting transport, forcing people indoors and stripping thousands of tonnes of valuable farmland topsoil.    REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A combination of two images of boats passing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, photographed at 6:00 am (top) and 12:15 pm on September 23, 2009. A huge outback dust storm swept eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, disrupting transport,...more

A combination of two images of boats passing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, photographed at 6:00 am (top) and 12:15 pm on September 23, 2009. A huge outback dust storm swept eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, disrupting transport, forcing people indoors and stripping thousands of tonnes of valuable farmland topsoil. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A combination of two images of Sydney's iconic Opera House, photographed at 6:15 am (top) and 12:30 pm on September 23, 2009.    REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A combination of two images of Sydney's iconic Opera House, photographed at 6:15 am (top) and 12:30 pm on September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A combination of two images of Sydney's iconic Opera House, photographed at 6:15 am (top) and 12:30 pm on September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A dust storm blankets Sydney's iconic Opera House at sunrise September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A dust storm blankets Sydney's iconic Opera House at sunrise September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A dust storm blankets Sydney's iconic Opera House at sunrise September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>An enhanced colour satellite image shows the dust storm covering over eastern Australia in this handout picture dated September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Bureau of Meteorology/Handout</p>

An enhanced colour satellite image shows the dust storm covering over eastern Australia in this handout picture dated September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bureau of Meteorology/Handout

An enhanced colour satellite image shows the dust storm covering over eastern Australia in this handout picture dated September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bureau of Meteorology/Handout

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<p>A dust storm blankets the Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A dust storm blankets the Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A dust storm blankets the Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>Light traffic crosses the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a dust storm at sunrise September 23, 2009.    REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

Light traffic crosses the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a dust storm at sunrise September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Light traffic crosses the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a dust storm at sunrise September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A pedestrian walks under the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A pedestrian walks under the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A pedestrian walks under the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A combination of two images of the Sydney central business district skyline, photographed at 6:30 am (top) and 12:45 pm, on September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A combination of two images of the Sydney central business district skyline, photographed at 6:30 am (top) and 12:45 pm, on September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A combination of two images of the Sydney central business district skyline, photographed at 6:30 am (top) and 12:45 pm, on September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A man takes a photograph of the just visible Sydney Opera House (top L) as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A man takes a photograph of the just visible Sydney Opera House (top L) as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A man takes a photograph of the just visible Sydney Opera House (top L) as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A traffic light shows red as a dust storm blankets the Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise September 23, 2009.      REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A traffic light shows red as a dust storm blankets the Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A traffic light shows red as a dust storm blankets the Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A combination of two images of the Sydney central business district skyline, photographed at 6:30 am (top) and 12:45 pm on September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A combination of two images of the Sydney central business district skyline, photographed at 6:30 am (top) and 12:45 pm on September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A combination of two images of the Sydney central business district skyline, photographed at 6:30 am (top) and 12:45 pm on September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A woman walks past the Sydney skyline as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A woman walks past the Sydney skyline as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A woman walks past the Sydney skyline as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A man takes a picture of the Sydney Opera House as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A man takes a picture of the Sydney Opera House as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A man takes a picture of the Sydney Opera House as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A man takes a self-portrait in front of the Sydney Opera House as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009.    REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A man takes a self-portrait in front of the Sydney Opera House as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A man takes a self-portrait in front of the Sydney Opera House as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A water taxi passes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009.    REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A water taxi passes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A water taxi passes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A man wearing a dust mask walks across the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A man wearing a dust mask walks across the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A man wearing a dust mask walks across the Sydney Harbour bridge as a dust storm blankets the city September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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