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Rain clouds and hail approach from the north as seen from Bernal Heights Hill in San Francisco, Monday, March 7, 2016. Thunder crashed and lightning struck as powerful thunderstorms moved swiftly through California Monday, briefly knocking out power to Los Angeles' airport and walloping the Sierra Nevada with blizzard conditions. A seven-day total could approach 20 inches of rain in Northern California and up to 3 inches in the southern end of the state. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Five people have died as a result of thunderstorm asthma in Australia


Five people have died and six others are still being treated in intensive care after a thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne on Monday, reports The Guardian

Extreme winds and air moisture during Monday evening's thunderstorm broke pollen particles in the air up into small enough pieces to enter a person's lungs. 

The latest victim is believed to have died at Northern hospital in Epping on Friday night. A hospital spokesman said that the thunderstorm-induced asthma led to other medical complications for that person. 

Hospitals in Melbourne are continuing to treat four people in critical condition and another 20 for other respiratory conditions. 

The inspector general will be opening an inquiry into how emergency services handled the crisis. 

People online are surprised at the storm's effects. 

Images of the storm have circulated on social media. 

And many people have been quick to blame the effects of the storm on climate change. 

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