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December 28, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Two sailors died, 15 were missing and an American was among the 56 who were rescued after gale-force winds and two-story-high waves battered yachts Monday in the 725-mile Sydney-to-Hobart race. The two dead were Australians, found on the 40-foot vessel Business Post Naiad, 60 miles off the New South Wales state town of Merimbula.
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January 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Parts of Sydney and surrounding areas were declared natural disaster zones after a windstorm packing gusts of up to 70 mph caused massive damage, uprooting trees and leaving 78,000 homes without power. Emergency workers struggled to restore services and clean up damage caused by the storm, which swept a 185-mile stretch of coastline in and around Sydney, Australia's largest city.
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January 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Parts of Sydney and surrounding areas were declared natural disaster zones after a windstorm packing gusts of up to 70 mph caused massive damage, uprooting trees and leaving 78,000 homes without power. Emergency workers struggled to restore services and clean up damage caused by the storm, which swept a 185-mile stretch of coastline in and around Sydney, Australia's largest city.
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December 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
Packing gusts up to 185 mph, the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in Australia lashed the northwestern coast today, damaging homes, forcing evacuations and ripping up trees. No injuries were immediately reported. Cyclone John, which at its peak had sustained winds of 130 mph, moved over land near the tiny community of Whim Creek, bringing driving rain and mighty gusts that caused power outages.
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January 11, 1999 | RICH ROBERTS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, marks the start of the Sydney-to-Hobart race, a 54-year Southern Hemisphere sailing tradition. Publicity for the most recent race noted that the 42-foot Miintinta last sailed it in 1978 and that "current owner Brian Emerson . . . is looking forward to a comfortable ride to Hobart with plenty of baked dinners and chilled wine to make the going that little bit easier."
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December 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
Packing gusts up to 185 mph, the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in Australia lashed the northwestern coast today, damaging homes, forcing evacuations and ripping up trees. No injuries were immediately reported. Cyclone John, which at its peak had sustained winds of 130 mph, moved over land near the tiny community of Whim Creek, bringing driving rain and mighty gusts that caused power outages.
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December 29, 1998 | RICH ROBERTS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the most massive sea rescue operations in Australian history continued today in the aftermath of an ocean yacht-racing disaster that officially claimed five lives and may take dozens more. Tales of trauma, terror and death reached the mainland in southeastern Australia as hundreds of bruised and battered survivors of a devastating South Pacific storm that started Sunday night came ashore.
WORLD
February 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Twenty-nine people died when a record heat wave and severe storms hit Australia's third most populous city, triggering a medical emergency and power cuts, officials said. Thousands of people called for help from paramedics in and around Brisbane when the temperature soared to 107 degrees Sunday -- the city's hottest February day ever. Compounding the problem, storms had knocked out power to hundreds of houses around the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1998
Floods Kill Wildlife Some of the worst flooding in decades across eastern India has killed 39 rare one-horned rhinoceroses and more than 600 other animals in a nature preserve. The deaths occurred in the 250-square-mile Kaziranga National Park, which is home to the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos. The majority of the rhinoceroses drowned from high waters, but several were gunned down by poachers when the animals strayed outside the park to escape the floods.
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April 2, 2000 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
Recent storms in Australia, which closed some roads and flooded rivers, have also brought a rare sight: The Outback's Lake Eyre has filled with water for only the fifth time in a century. Normally dry except for occasional puddling, Australia's largest salt lake and lowest point (52 feet below sea level), located in South Australia, is about 80% covered with shallow water, park officials said last week.
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January 11, 1999 | RICH ROBERTS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, marks the start of the Sydney-to-Hobart race, a 54-year Southern Hemisphere sailing tradition. Publicity for the most recent race noted that the 42-foot Miintinta last sailed it in 1978 and that "current owner Brian Emerson . . . is looking forward to a comfortable ride to Hobart with plenty of baked dinners and chilled wine to make the going that little bit easier."
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December 29, 1998 | RICH ROBERTS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the most massive sea rescue operations in Australian history continued today in the aftermath of an ocean yacht-racing disaster that officially claimed five lives and may take dozens more. Tales of trauma, terror and death reached the mainland in southeastern Australia as hundreds of bruised and battered survivors of a devastating South Pacific storm that started Sunday night came ashore.
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December 28, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Two sailors died, 15 were missing and an American was among the 56 who were rescued after gale-force winds and two-story-high waves battered yachts Monday in the 725-mile Sydney-to-Hobart race. The two dead were Australians, found on the 40-foot vessel Business Post Naiad, 60 miles off the New South Wales state town of Merimbula.
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May 8, 1989 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Science Writer
On their final full day in orbit, the five Atlantis astronauts encountered their first problem when one of the orbiter's four general-purpose computers "froze" and had to be replaced with a spare. Earlier Sunday, however, they finally got a chance to photograph some lightning before preparing for their landing at 12:43 p.m. today at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The computer that failed did not control any flight-critical processes but directed the attitude of antennas and played a role in the on-board science experiments.
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