Australia braces for heavy winds, lightning amid bushfire threat

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Published November 15, 2019, 12:06 PM

By Reuters

MELBOURNE – Australia braced on Friday for strong winds that could whip up bushfires in two states over the weekend and add to a toll of more than 270 homes destroyed and 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of land ravaged during the past week.

Overview of wildfires in New South Wales, Australia November 14, 2019. Satellite image ©2019( Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)

The country’s weather bureau warned that winds and lightning strikes increase the threat to communities across two states on the country’s east coast, which have been ravaged by fire since last Friday.

“A fresh burst of hot, dry westerly winds will result in severe fire dangers in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt,” the Bureau of

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