Australia fires: Storms wreak damage but bushfires ‘far from over’

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STORMS have brought heavy rain to fire-hit regions of eastern Australia – but authorities warn the nation’s bushfire crisis is still “far from over”.

More than 80 blazes were still burning across New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria on Monday, despite downpours.

Melbourne and Canberra have been hit by heavy storms, with hail as big as golf balls falling in some areas.

Hundreds of emergency calls were made as hail smashed office windows and car windshields in the nation’s capital.

Further severe storms were also forecast for Sydney and Brisbane late on Monday.

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