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By: Catie Leary on Dec. 31, 2009, 8:23 a.m.
Dust storm blankets Sydney

Photo: Mezza/Flickr

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Dust storm blankets Sydney

Severe wind storms in the west of New South Wales blew a dust cloud on Sept. 23 that engulfed Sydney and surrounding areas. The orange, dusty haze made many residents wonder if they had woken up on Mars.