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More extreme weather in Australia: floods, lightning and bushfires

The Western Australian government has now set up two evacuation centers for victims. Watt said the military would help fly people in need to Broome. Due to extremely high water levels, power was cut to the entire area as a precaution, ABC Broadcasting reported, citing operator Horizon Power. However, reports of extreme weather events are also coming from other parts of the country.

According to Australian media reports, Queensland on the east coast was hit by a violent storm overnight with more than 200,000 lightning strikes. Broadcaster 9News spoke of a “spectacular spectacle” – but with consequences: thousands of people north of Brisbane were without power on Thursday.

On the other hand, in the southwest of the state of Western Australia, people were fleeing bushfires. The fire spread to towns around Newlands, about 220 kilometers south of Perth. Officials warned that the fire was “unpredictable and out of control”.

Australia is particularly affected by the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report from February 2022 assumes that the country will be affected by more frequent catastrophic natural events in the future.