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Wildlife officials conceded Friday that even their best preparations to protect Orange County's richest marshlands will not be enough to divert "disaster" if a shift in winds pushes oil from Wednesday's tanker spill their way. Even with protective oil containment booms outside the marshes, officials said, strong tides will push the oil under them if the slick comes closer to shore.
November 21, 1992 | From Wire Reports
Blustery winds that have swept the Southland, downing power lines, toppling a loaded 18-wheel truck and causing headaches for firefighters, were expected to diminish today, forecasters said. Gusts ranged up to 40 m.p.h. in mountain passes and canyons Friday making it a dangerous day for motorists. Drivers in the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County crept through clouds of blowing dust. Winds also blew over a big-rig carrying steel on the Golden State Freeway near Castaic.
April 7, 1988 | United Press International
Thunderstorms rumbled across the Midwest on Wednesday, hurling ferocious winds that smashed scores of windows in Chicago's Sears Tower and knocked out power to thousands of customers in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The storms, which developed along a cold front reaching from the Great Lakes to Texas, also dropped temperatures after record highs were reached a day earlier in more than 40 cities in the South and Midwest.
November 29, 2009 | By Susan Salter Reynolds
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer William Morrow: 348 pp., $25.99 William Kamkwamba grew up in Malawi, the son of a maize and tobacco farmer. Their house had no electricity or plumbing. In William's village, high costs and frequent power outages made electricity hardly worth the effort. In 2002, flooding, famine and the high costs of fertilizer forced William's family to take him out of school -- they could no longer afford the annual tuition of $80. William discovered the local library.
June 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
"Gone With the Wind" will soon be gone with the wind -- at least in London, where a musical version of Margaret Mitchell's famous novel failed to draw large crowds. Producers say the musical will close June 14 -- three months ahead of schedule -- because of poor ticket sales. London's critics savaged the stage version when it opened in April. The book, lyrics and music were written by Margaret Martin, a Los Angeles writer making her first venture into musical theater.
June 24, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The world's largest wind tunnel recently began its first tests of a full-scale aircraft at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The huge wind tunnel, measuring 80 by 120 feet, uses 135,000-horsepower motors to turn six fans to create winds powerful enough to reveal how an aircraft will perform in flight. An F/A-18 fighter aircraft is being used in the first tests, which engineers hope will lead to a better understanding of how the plane performs at high angles of attack.
December 10, 2001
A mile-wide crater in Nebraska thought to have been formed by a meteorite actually was produced by wind, researchers from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln said. The Bartak Depression, named for the family on whose land it is located, was identified in 1992. Kansas researchers said it was made by a meteorite, probably about 1,000 years ago--a conclusion that received much attention in the media because it would represent the most recent major meteor impact.
Strong winds from the northeast swept across Orange County on Tuesday, breaking power lines, uprooting trees and, with help from high ocean swells, capsizing a boat off Newport Harbor, authorities said. In that 1:30 p.m. incident, three men collecting water samples for a Caltech research institute were rescued by the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol after their power boat capsized eight miles offshore in a 40 mph wind with 4- to 6-foot swells.
November 15, 1993
Federal officials said Sunday that strong winds generated by a weekend storm are contributing to erosion on the fire-ravaged hillsides around Laguna Beach by blowing the loose ash and dirt. In a statement issued Sunday, the U.S. Soil Conservation Service said it is "encouraging homeowners to lightly and gently water any bare areas around their homes to hold the soil and ash in place." The statement also warned that "too much water could result in soil movement, causing more harm than good."
December 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Hurricane-force winds swept across the state, tipping over tractor-trailers and knocking out power ahead of an approaching cold front. A wind gust in Golden, just west of Denver, reached 98 mph. The National Weather Service also said a 95-mph gust hit 10,000-foot Kenosha Pass in the mountains about 50 miles southwest of Denver and an 88-mph gust was reported outside Boulder.
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