Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Violent Storm and Severe Floods Kill at Least 4 in Australia

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Violent Storm and Severe Floods Kill at Least 4 in Australia

Article excerpt

The country is struggling with record amounts of rain in many areas that have isolated communities and snarled traffic both in the air and on land.

At least four people have died and thousands more have been displaced across Australia's east coast as punishing winds, torrential rains and powerful ocean swells inundated large swaths of the country's two most populous states.

The storm system, which has unleashed floods from north of Brisbane, in the state of Queensland, to Sydney, more than 900 kilometers, or 560 miles, away in New South Wales and beyond, is the result of a slow but very wet swing down the coast by the remains of Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which began last week.

The system has dumped record amounts of rain in many areas, isolating communities and snarling traffic both in the air and on land. The floods continue a period of bizarre and destructive weather in Australia, which has been in the grips of a four-month heat wave that shattered records and ignited bush fires large enough to be seen from space.

But now, talk has turned from the punishing heat to the sheets of rain and wind that battered the coast up through the early hours of Tuesday. Winds approaching 100 kilometers per hour hit Sydney, where they churned up huge swells at its famed Bondi Beach and drenched the city center. The storm has shattered rainfall records in parts of New South Wales, the Bureau of Meteorology said, although the highest rainfall was recorded about 780 kilometers north of Brisbane, where 1,360 millimeters, or 54 inches, fell in the three days through Sunday morning.

The city of Bundaberg, which is about 470 kilometers north of Brisbane, has been particularly hit hard. More than 7,000 residents have been displaced by the rising floodwaters there and at least 1,000 evacuees had to be airlifted from their homes by military helicopter on Monday and Tuesdaymorning as the streets churned with water. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.