Archive | January 12, 2015

Torrential downpour causes flash flooding on northern Gold Coast, Australia

A man drives his four-wheel drive onto a closed road in flood at Helensvale.
Courtesy of ABC News
Heavy rain has caused localised flash flooding on the Gold Coast overnight and forced the suspension of tram services for several hours.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said some northern Gold Coast suburbs received more than 210 millimetres of rain.
Between 7:30pm and 10:30pm (AEST) on Sunday night, Coombabah recorded 188 millimetres of rain, while 143 millimetres fell on Pacific Pines.
Senior forecaster Michelle Berry said the heavy falls came after a day of showers.
“There were some localised flash flooding, mostly through northern stretches of the Gold Coast last night particularly areas just inland of Southport,” she said.
“Coombabah had 214mm since 9am and a lot of that fell in two hours.
“So it was very heavy rainfall and they weren’t even storms – they were just heavy slow-moving showers that just sat on top of that area in a couple of hours.”
Tram services have since returned to normal.
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Police said a male driver and two passengers had to wade to safety after the man allegedly drove onto a closed road at Helensvale, where water came up to the car’s bonnet.
A Gold Coast news cameraman witnessed the four-wheel-drive being driven into the flood waters, where it quickly became stranded.
The 46-year-old driver was charged with drink-driving and driving without due care and attention.
Meanwhile, the BoM said there was only a low to moderate chance of tropical lows off the coast of north Queensland developing into a cyclone.
The bureau is monitoring several low pressure systems, but said all remained fairly weak in intensity.
Ms Berry said the systems were expected to remain offshore.
“One’s over the north-west of the Coral Sea and there’s another that was south of the Solomon Islands group, but it’s shot much further west so it’s over just to the east of this second low at the moment.”
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One of the worst winter storms in years with massive snowdrifts strikes Adams Center, New York, USA

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Snowplows, pay loaders and snowblowers were hard at work in Adams Center today, where 4 feet of snow fell Friday and Saturday.
“This is probably one of the worst ones we’ve had in quite a few years,” said Dave Hatchell, director of facilities for the South Jefferson School District. Hatchell said a crew of 12 to 14 employees were working to get the district’s three schools open by Monday. School was closed Wednesday through Friday.
The storm dumped snow at a rate of up to 4 inches an hour.
“At one time it seemed like we couldn’t keep up with it,” said Charles Martin, who works for plowing contractor Bill Elliot & Sons. “We were plowing the Nice N Easy lot, which takes about an hour, and by the time we were done we had to start plowing again. We just got hammered.”
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Gary Barney, who lives on Route 11 between Adams and Adams Center, said his van and “iron horse plow truck” were both stuck.
“I had to get my old farm tractor out to get my plow truck out to get my van out,” Barney said. “It was quite an epic job.”
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The National Weather Service said Adams got 4 feet of snow. Just up the road, Rodman got 54 inches, the weather service said. The snow started falling early Friday and kept up through late Saturday night.
Barney noted that the same time last January, Adams got hit with about 4 feet of snow.
“I hope this isn’t a yearly occurrence,” he said. “But it sure makes it interesting.”
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