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Bushfires, cyclone, torrential rain hit Australia's coasts

 

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FILE PHOTO: A car is driven through a bushfire affected area on the Bruthen-Buchan Road near Buchan in Victoria, Australia, January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

 

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Severe bushfires burned through parts of Western Australia on Sunday, with other areas of the state dealing with the aftermath of a powerful cyclone, while the country's east coast was facing potential life-threatening flash flooding.

 

After months of destructive wildfires that have razed millions of hectares of land, Australia has been hit in recent weeks by wild weather that has alternately brought heavy downpours, hail storms, gusty winds and hot and dry air.

 

About a dozen fires were burning in Western Australia (WA) on Sunday, with severe fire danger expected in several districts, according to fire services and the state's Bureau of Meteorology.

 

"Very hot over the Eucla (in WA) with a fresh and gusty southerly change extending from the west during the morning and afternoon," the Bureau of Meteorology said on its website.

 

Daytime temperatures in the Eucla district were forecast at up to 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).

 

The state's upper parts were battling on Sunday the aftermath of a tropical cyclone Damien that made a landfall on Saturday afternoon, bringing gusty winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour (124 miles per hour).

 

No immediate damages were reported and the cyclone was expected to weaken as it moved inland, but winds were seen to blow at more than 100 kilometres per hour.

 

On the opposite coast of Australia, Sydney and the state of New South Wales were in danger of potential life-threatening flash flooding as rain kept bucketing down for a third day in a row in downpours not seen since 1998.

 

Rainfall in some parts of the state approached half the annual average, but the falls were welcomed after the state saw its driest year on record in 2019, at 55% below average.

 

The state's Bureau of Meteorology said there was potential for heavy "rainfall and life-threatening flash-flooding," and coast erosion, although little danger of river flooding as water levels have been low due to a persistent drought.

 

In Queensland, meteorologists also warned of flash and riverine flooding on Sunday, following heavy falls overnight.

 

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

 

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7 hours ago, bendejo said:

The Southern Hemisphere has been the forefront of climate change for decades.

Best way to cope with it?  Denial. 

 

 

You seem to be confusing weather change with climate. Have a look at the Iso charts and you will know why.

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9 hours ago, bendejo said:

The Southern Hemisphere has been the forefront of climate change for decades.

Best way to cope with it?  Denial. 

 

 

No idea what you mean by your comment but rest assured bushfires, cyclones and torrential rainfall is quite normal depending on where you are in Oz. A category 3 storm in the Pilbara means a day or two off work and hopefully a few waves at the beach. No big deal at all.

To put it into perspective England can fit into Australia about 32 times. It is a VERY large country with diverse weather across it.

Many people think of the famous Aussie sunshine and beaches, and rightly so, but many don't realise the first snow skiing 'club' in the world was formed in Australia and of course the first and oldest commercial aviation company.

 

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11 hours ago, bendejo said:

The Southern Hemisphere has been the forefront of climate change for decades.

Best way to cope with it?  Denial. 

 

 

I’m just waiting for the usual suspects to come along and blame the flooding on the greens!

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1 hour ago, emptypockets said:

Many people think of the famous Aussie sunshine and beaches, and rightly so, but many don't realise the first snow skiing 'club' in the world was formed in Australia and of course the first and oldest commercial aviation company.

The first commercial aviation company was the St Petersburg - Tampa Airboat Line, first flying on Jan 1st 1914.  The oldest continuously operating airline is KLM, founded in October 1919.  Neither of which are Australian.  Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (QANTAS) was formed in November 1920.  It's the 3rd oldest continuously operating airline, after KLM and Avianca (Columbia - December 1919).

 

(And, the exact date the Kiandra Snow Shoe Club opened is also debateable).

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30 minutes ago, samran said:

I’m just waiting for the usual suspects to come along and blame the flooding on the greens!

Well, Willy the greenkeeper should have turned the bloody sprinklers off before he went to mow the fairways.

 

 

 

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