The powerful storm has caused at least 10 deaths in Spain.
Tony Abbott was Speaking at an event in the U.S. hosted by the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation.
A strong winter storm is expected to blast across the Plains, Midwest and northeast of the country this weekend before strengthening into a bomb cyclone off the coast of New England and hitting the Atlantic Canada region.
Volcano experts say the danger of another eruption remains high, with more than 100 tremors reported since Wednesday.
"Australia. Our hearts and thoughts are with you," Koch wrote in a Twitter post.
A winter storm is expected to move from parts of Washington, Oregon and California through the Midwest before hitting the eastern region, with up to 3 feet of snow expected in some local pockets.
Winter Storm Gage has brought the post-holiday blues to parts of the Midwest and Northeast as strong winds and ice have snapped power lines and left thousands of Americans in the dark.
On December 18, Moscow recorded a temperature of 5.4 degrees celsius or 41.72 degrees fahrenheit, breaking a high tempearture record from 1886.
The Big Apple was hit with an intense burst of heavy snowfall which saw the city covered by a cloud of snow as an Arctic blast moves to the Northeast.
Four people are reported to have been killed by extreme weather in the past couple of days.
Large parts of California, including around Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, warned of heavy rain, snowfall, strong winds and potential flooding forecast for this weekend.
As the powerful winter storm leaves the Northeast, a new storm building off the West coast is expected to bring heavy rain and mountain snow in California and New Mexico.
A string of schools are closed or on a delayed opening schedule in parts of the Northeast, including in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the aftermath of a severe winter storm.
Several areas of the Philippines are under an extreme flood advisory including the Eastern Visayas, Bicol and Calabarzon regions.
More than 200 schools across New Jersey, Connecticut, Albany and other parts of the New England area are closed following severe disruption from the winter storm that hit the Northeast this weekend.
The major storm system from the West has moved to the Northeast, with thousands of flight delays and cancelations causing severe travel disruption across the country following the Thanksgiving weekend.
The family had gone for a traditional Thanksgiving hunting trip, reported the East Idaho News.
Several parts of Arizona, including Phoenix and Tuscon, have been issued with severe flood and thunderstorm warnings, with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour expected.
A winter storm warning and weather advisory have been issued for parts of northern California and southern Oregon in the aftermath of a powerful "bomb cyclone."
Travel plans over the Thanksgiving period will be heavily affected by two major storm systems poised to sweep across the nation, moving through the West, the Midwest and the South.
Mandatory evacuation orders and warnings are in place in parts of Santa Barbara County following a wind-driven fire sparked in Los Padres National Park near Painted Cave Road.
Parts of California, the Northeast, the Midwest, Central Rockies and the Great Lakes area are forecast to be hit by heavy snow this week, including on Wednesday, the busiest day for Thanksgiving holiday travel.
The LA Department of Public Health has warned residents and visitors to avoid contact with ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.
Severe storm systems heading to parts of the Central states, and potentially spreading south and east, are predicted to cause major travel disruptions on the busiest day of the year for Thanksgiving holiday commuters.
Flash flooding is expected in several parts near the West Coast, including most of Arizona and some parts of Southern California, which has seen its first significant rainfall since May.
A winter storm warning is in effect across Central and Western New York with a cold front bringing record cold temperatures and snowfall of more than 12 inches in some parts of the region.
Several fires have been fully contained but 7 large fires remain burning across California, 5 of which are yet to be contained.
Fire weather conditions remain throughout parts of California including the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego, as a new fire breaks out in Lake County.
Residents of Southern California are advised to remain alert this week, with dry weather conditions prolonging the risk of wildfires.