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Residents of Sydney woke up yesterday to a scene reminiscent of the apocalypse. A 310-mile wide, 620-mile long dust storm swept red powder from the continent's interior deserts into the city, bringing with it gail-force winds and hailstorms. It's gone now, blown out to sea. All that's left at Deus Ex Machina HQ is some bikes in sore need of a hose down. But, scientists say climate change could make such occurrences a regular feature of Sydney's weather.

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