January 11, 1999 |
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."
December 15, 1999 |
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.
December 29, 1998 |
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.
February 24, 2004 |
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.
April 2, 2000 |
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.