Archive | October 22, 2016
BUILDINGS collapsed as a freak storm hit the NSW town of Parkes and the rest of the state was battered by storms with rain, hail and high winds.
Some have described the storm as a “mini tornado” with “a deafening roar”.
In western NSW, wind gusts reached up to 94km/h in Trangie and 89km/h in Bourke.
At 7pm on Friday a severe storm created havoc in Parkes, hitting the town with strong winds, hail and teeming rain.
Roads were blocked by fallen trees and power was out in parts of the town following flooding and downed power lines.
Medium to severe thunderstorms were felt in other parts of NSW and rain will be falling in each Australian state and territory over the weekend.
A severe storm hit Jugiong, northwest of Canberra and heavy falls lashed Sydney early on Saturday morning and storms in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Strong storm cells were registered near Cowra, West Wyalong and across other parts of NSW.
Thundery showers were due to hit northern parts of Western Australia and a deep trough and front was triggering showers in Victoria and Tasmania.
Thunderstorms were forecast later on Saturday in Broome, Darwin and Sydney.
A fast moving thunderstorm across the Wollongong area before rain lashed the region was described by the Illawarra Stormchasers as the beginning of the 2016-17 storm season.
Storms continued to roll across northern parts of Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.
Colder, gusting winds and rain were predicted in Victoria, Tasmania and in South Australia, which experienced storms overnight on Friday.
Courtesy of news.com.au
At least 55 people have been killed and almost 600 injured after a packed passenger train derailed in Cameroon.
Passengers in the front of the train reported seeing the carriages behind swing off the tracks moments before the crash.
“There was a loud noise. I looked back and the wagons behind us left the rails and started rolling over and over. There was a lot of smoke,” said a Reuters journalist travelling in a wagon near the front of the train.
At least 14 people are still feared to be trapped under the debris of the train, which is strewn across adjacent rail tracks.
The accident occurred around 120km (75 miles) west of the capital Yaounde while the Camrail inter-city train was en route to the port city of Douala, Cameroon’s transport minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o said.
“The cause of the accident is not yet clear,” he said, adding that several of the injured were in very serious condition.
“There are the bodies of women, children. There are many,” said one employee of Camrail, which is operated by France’s Bollore, adding that three of his colleagues were among the victims.
The train is said to have been crammed with people due to road traffic disruption between Yaounde and Douala.
According to the Reuters journalist at the scene, a rail employee said additional carriages had been added to the train to accommodate people who were unable to made the journey by road.
It is unclear, however, whether that played a role in the accident.
Camrail has expressed its condolences to the victims’ families in a post on Facebook.
Courtesy of Sky News