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Sept. 23: The sky over Sydney began to clear late Wednesday after a major dust storm blew 5 million tons of pollutants over much of Australia's eastern coast. NBC's Ian Williams reports.

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A dust storm blankets Sydney's iconic Opera House at sunrise
A dust storm blankets Sydney's iconic Opera House at sunrise

A dust storm blankets Sydney's iconic Opera House at sunrise.

SYDNEY DUST STORM
SYDNEY DUST STORM

epa01871166 Six-year-old Ariella and her three-year-old sister Romy enjoy an early morning swing amid a dust storm in Balmain, Sydney, 23 September 2009. The dust, which blanketed the city, is being blown by strong winds from dry farm land in western and southern parts of NSW and eastern South Aust

Seagulls reluctantly take flight in the high winds as a dust storm blankets Bondi Beach in Sydney
Seagulls reluctantly take flight in the high winds as a dust storm blankets Bondi Beach in Sydney

epa01871104 Seagulls reluctantly take flight in the high winds as a dust storm blankets Bondi Beach in Sydney, 23 September2009. The dust is being blown from dry farm land in western and southern parts of NSW and eastern South Australia. EPA/TRACEY NEARMY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

A man prepares to leave a ferry wharf in Balmain
A man prepares to leave a ferry wharf in Balmain

epa01871106 A man prepares to leave a ferry wharf in Balmain, Sydney, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, after learning the service has been cancelled due to a massive dust storm which blanketed the city. The dust is being blown by strong winds from dry farm land in western and southern parts of NSW and eas