Weather: Weather Wise
Tuesday 27 January 1998
Hundreds of people were evacuated from the Northern territory town of Katherine as roads were cut off by the worst floods in the region for 40 years. Helicopters were used to evacuate patients from the town's hospital and to move outlying communities to higher ground. The torrential rain - 14in in 36 hours - was blamed on Cyclone Les. Meanwhile at the Australian Open tennis in Sydney, play was stopped by rain on all courts except the roof-protected Centre Court, and bookmakers refused to take bets on snow falling.
Morocco and Switzerland
Richard Branson's latest bid to fly round the world in a balloon has been delayed by bad weather in Morocco. A Swiss-led attempt to get round the world before Branson has also had to delay take-off, because of bad weather in Switzerland.
Just as Maine had almost recovered from the ice storm that hit it three weeks ago, another one at the weekend left 28,000 households without power. Central Maine Power said there were still 1,000 customers without power from the first wave of bad weather.
Life & Style blogs
Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
Victoria Beckham's clothing sales double to £30 million in one year
'Tis the season!: Google celebrates Christmas Eve with second animated Doodle
Christmas 2014: Jesus was not born in a stable, says theologian
UK's first plus-size fashion magazine Slink hits the shelves: 'Style doesn't stop at size 8'
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
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