Australia's airlines were thrown into chaos yesterday as unprecedented dust storms in Sydney and Brisbane and wild weather in Melbourne closed and restricted runway operations at the country's three largest airports. The disruption was caused by an intense low-pressure frontal system with winds up to 100 miles per hr. that blew 75,000 tonnes of dust per hr. over New South Wales and southern Queensland. Pollution levels were 1,500 times normal, the highest on record, and visibility fell to as ...

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