Australia - Carnival Cruise ship with 2,500 aboard hit by wild weather in Sydney

Discussion in 'Weather' started by zwiebel, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

    Messages:
    27,189
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ferocious storms ripping across New South Wales in Australia have led to the closing of Sydney Harbour, with a cruise ship carrying 2,500 people stranded on the stormy seas outside. The harbour master, Cpt Phillip Holliday, says it's the first time he's been forced to close the harbour but although it is unpleasant for the passengers out in the heavy swell, it is far safer than trying to make it to port in the current conditions.

    Passengers have been using social media to share photos and videos of the high waves battering the ship, the Carnival Spirit. They were supposed to disembark this morning after a 12-day cruise but may be stranded for another 48 hours.

    On land in NSW, storms have caused heavy flooding and toppled trees and power lines. 215,000 are without power and emergency services have received thousands of calls for help. Three people have died in Dungog, although authorities haven't yet been able to confirm how they died or their identities.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-32390793

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-21/swell-stops-cruise-ship-entering-sydney-harnour/6409164

    Video at link:
    http://www.businessinsider.com.au/v...spirit-cruise-liner-berthing-in-sydney-2015-4
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Loading...


  3. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

    Messages:
    27,189
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    0
  4. fruity

    fruity Active Member

    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    It is absolutely wild in NSW. Three people have died today in these storms.
     
  5. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

    Messages:
    27,189
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    0
  6. fruity

    fruity Active Member

    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    A natural disaster has been declared. All of my family (except me) lives in the affected areas.

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/e...-continue-in-nsw/story-e6frflp0-1227312908475

    • 200,000 homes are without power in the Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter Region.
    • The recovery effort is “expected to take several days”.
    • Almost 20,000 insurance claims lodged, with losses estimated at $129 million.
    • Milperra residents told to evacuate immediately after Georges River overflows.
    • Sydney has experienced its biggest rainfall over 48 hours since 1998, with 225mm in the city.
    • The worst of the weather is over and conditions will improve slowly improve as the low weakens.
    • Damaging winds gusts of 100km/h are still possible for the coastal fringe.
    • Motorists have been urged to stay off the roads this morning.
    • Newcastle and Hunter Region were the worst hit yesterday, with three dead in the town of Dungog.
    • More than 9000 people have called the State Emergency Service for help since the storms began lashing the NSW coast on Monday.
    • There have been more than 100 flood rescues
    • NSW Premier Mike Baird has urged Sydneysiders to delay unnecessary travel today.
     
  7. fruity

    fruity Active Member

    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Twelve disaster zones have now been declared.
     
  8. LaborDayRN

    LaborDayRN Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,636
    Likes Received:
    558
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Stay safe all of our Austrailian friends!!
     
  9. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

    Messages:
    27,189
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Think it's about 10am Thursday in Sydney now? So hoping everyone stays safe and there aren't anymore deaths or missing.
     
  10. fruity

    fruity Active Member

    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    The death toll is 8 at the moment. About 2000 people are still without power - my uncle is one of them. He lost power on Sunday and is hoping to get it reconnected on the weekend.
     
  11. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

    Messages:
    27,189
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    0

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice