In case you missed it: Dust storm clouds Sydney; Bus carrying University of Washington marching band crashes on icy road

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
November 23, 2018, 9:43:30 AM EST

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A powerful storm blasted Australia this week, leading to a variety of intense weather conditions.

The storm brought downpours and strong winds to areas from Adelaide and Melbourne to Sydney, causing transportation disruptions and power outages. Homes were damaged, and 10,000 were without power even after the storm departed.

Farther east, strong winds battered Melbourne on Thursday, causing some travel disruption and bringing snow to the Victoria Alps.

Powerful winds near Sydney led to a dust storm, tinting the sky orange and lowering visibility. Air quality levels reached “hazardous” on Thursday.

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A sightseeing boat passes in front of the Sydney Opera House during a dust storm Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. Flights are diverted and ferries canceled as a blanket of red dust shrouded most of Sydney after the weather system moved in from central Australia. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)


Paris was blanketed in a white layer during their first snow of the season, which fell this week.

The snow coated the summit of the Eiffel Tower, forcing officials to delay the opening for visitors to ascend.

Social media was full of photographs of the city of lights under the snow.


Spain continues to be hammered by destructive weather as a train was derailed amid a storm this week.

One person was killed when a landslide forced two cars off the tracks about 30 miles from Barcelona.

A total of 131 people had to be evacuated from the train. Out of the 44 people injured, 11 were sent to the hospital. Three people sustained serious injuries.

Barcelona has received nearly double the normal rainfall for all of November so far this month.

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Tropical Storm Toraji hit Vietnam this week, dropping 15 inches (380 mm) of rain in 18 hours in Nha Trang.

At least 14 people died after landslides destroyed several homes and buried victims in some villages in the resort city of Nha Trang on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Four others remain missing.

Thanksgiving in the United States brought wintry weather to the East and West coasts this year.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was the coldest on record this year as the high in New York City hovered in the low 20s. Still, the parade went off without a hitch.

In the West, the first major snow of the season fell at major mountain ranges including California's Sierra Nevada.

The wintry weather slowed travel across the region, while ski resorts welcomed the fresh snowfall.


Icy road conditions and fog led to the bus carrying University of Washington's band to crash and roll over on Thursday, ESPN reported.

Around 40 people were taken to local hospitals, but no major injuries were reported. Students were taken into a local elementary school where local residents brought in warm Thanksgiving meals.


The band was on its way from Seattle to Spokane for the Washington vs. Washington State game.

The crash occurred near George, Washington, about 130 miles south of Spokane.

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