• Lightning growth

    Lightning growth

    Researchers believe that thunderstorms and electricity help plants grow better

  • Typhoon Prapiroon hits southern China

    More than 40,000 people were evacuated as typhoon Prapiroon hit southern China on August 3, pounding an already battered area with more heavy rains and winds. Till reports last received, at least six

  • Suncorp Says Australia Storm Costs To Top A$100 Million

    Suncorp-Metway Ltd, Australia's second-biggest car and home insurer, said on Monday the total estimated costs from storms in northern Queensland state were seen exceeding A$100 million ($93 million). Suncorp said, however, that its reinsurance arrangements would limit its liability to A$100 million. Australian insurance companies have been battered by heavy storms and a large number of major weather events in the first half of fiscal 2008. In December, Insurance Australia Group Ltd cut its insurance margin forecast for the 2008 business year because of storm damage claims. Flooding in Queensland state since the start of 2008 has forced evacuations of towns, closed mines and washed away crops. Suncorp said it would give a further update on its costs from the storms when it reports half-year results on Feb. 28. (US$1=A$1.08) Story by Denny Thomas REUTERS NEWS SERVICE

  • Storm warning again for Sydney

    A series of brief violent storms yesterday afternoon and overnight led to pockets of heavy rainfall around the state, with one area receiving a one-in-20 year downpour. The Bureau of Meteorlogy has issued a storm warning, expected to include severe thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall and flash flooding, for the Illawarra, Central Tablelands and Central West Slopes districts. The storms are moving from west to east and there is a possibility of further severe storms in Sydney this afternoon and tonight, bureau meteorologist Chris Webb said. -------------- Do you know more? Message 0424 SMS SMH (+61 424 767 764) or email us with information. -------------- Cringila, in the Illawarra, received 44 millimetres of rain in 30 minutes, a once-in-20-year event, Mr Webb said. Oakdale, in Sydney's south-west, received 35 millimetres in 30 minutes and Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains, received 70 millimetres in 90 minutes, he said. There was also heavy rainfall in Strathfield where 17 millimetres of rain fell in just 15 minutes. The State Emergency Service was kept busy in the Illawarra region with 100 requests overnight, spokesman David Webber said. In the south of Sydney there were 35 requests for assistance, he said. Most of the requests were about trees that had fallen down and water inundation caused by flash flooding, Mr Webber said. Commuters on the F3 freeway are having a frustrating morning with heavy delays southbound due to an earlier accident. The Roads and Traffic Authority is warning of extensive delays on the road.

  • Storm lashes Narsingdi villages: One killed, 50 hurt

    A hailstorm swept through eight villages of Monohardi upazila of the district on Monday night, leaving a man dead and 50 others injured.

  • Doha: inaction in the face of urgency

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