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SYDNEY — Torrential rains across eastern Australia have left some towns flooded while the southern state of Tasmania has been hit by an unusual flurry of summer snow.

In Queensland, the state bureau of meteorology says up to 11 inches (27 centimeters) of rain fell in a 24-hour period in some areas, flooding roads and stranding holiday travelers Monday.

In New South Wales, the State Emergency Service says a dozen people were evacuated from flooded homes and businesses in the town of Eugowra, about 190 miles (300 kilometers) west of Sydney.

And while it’s summer in the southern hemisphere, an unusual cold snap in Tasmania resulted in snow flurries in the mountains.

 

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