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The Independent Online
A FREAK hailstorm in Sydney has killed one man, injured dozens and caused damage estimated at more than pounds 135m.

The storm, which caught forecasters unawares, pounded the city with hailstones up to 3in in diameter.

They damaged hundreds of homes, cutting off power to at least 15,000, and smashed scores of car windscreens.

Airlines cancelled about 20 flights to Sydney because of the risk posed by the hailstones.