Australia fires: New South Wales blazes all ‘contained’

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All of the bushfires in New South Wales (NSW) are now considered contained, say fire officials in the Australian state.

The NSW Rural Fire Service said it was “great news” after “a very traumatic, exhausting and anxious” time. The development is thanks in part to heavy rain, which has lashed the state since last weekend.

Record rainfall caused chaos in Sydney, and the weather woes are set to continue, with a category two storm forecast to roll in this weekend.

Flood warnings have been issued for NSW and for southern Queensland as Storm Uesi approaches, bringing winds of up to 130km/h.

The tiny Lord Howe Island, about 600km off the east coast, is lying in Uesi’s path. Residents and tourists on the island have been warned to seek shelter from the “destructive winds”.

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