Wild weather including a tornado cause chaos in Sydney today.
The roof collapsed at Westfield Bondi Junction, forcing evacuation of shoppers out in force on Christmas buying sprees and SES workers received numerous calls from residents in Kurnell, which copped the brunt of repeated storm fronts.
The weather bureau radar showed a tornado passed over Cronulla and the Kurnell peninsula, with winds gusts in Kurnell reaching 213mkm/h – an NSW record.
The mothballed desalination plant at Kurnell was reported to have suffered significant damage during the storm and two men were admitted to Sutherland Hospital after being injured when a roof collapsed at an industrial complex.
Bomb threats send 640,000 LA students home
The entire Los Angeles public school system, serving 640,000 students, was shut down yesterday after authorities received an email threat of an attack on multiple schools involving bombs and poison gas. The author claimed that 32 jihadists were prepared to attack the schools. A similar threat was sent to New York schools, but authorities there decided it was a hoax. The threats were sent from a single German web address.
Extremists lose battle to block Bendigo mosque
Victoria’s Court of Appeal has denied an appeal by right-wingers against Bendigo Council’s decision to allow the building of a mosque. Life in Bendigo has been disrupted for two years by vocal Reclaim Australia and United Patriots Front supporters, many bused in from remote locations, to oppose the mosque. There can be no further appeal against construction of a mosque.
Sydney Uni train station bid meets its Waterloo
NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced a new Metro line station will be built at Waterloo, dashing Sydney University’s hopes that the station would be located on its campus for the convenience of its thousands of students, creating a “knowledge hub”. The State Government says the new station will revitalize Waterloo and paves the way for 10,000 new homes to be built, mostly in highrise towers of up to 30 stories.
Gastro hits cruise passengers
Once upon a time scurvy was the scourge of the seas. Nowadays it’s gastro – and another boatload of modern-day explorers with queasy innards checked into Sydney this morning courtesy of a cruise ship. Paramedics were on standby at 6am to assist 182 passengers who had fallen ill during their 14-day cruise excursion via Dunedin, New Zealand. Most of the 3566 passengers and 1139 crew were unaffected. No hospitalisation was needed. – Compiled from web sources by The Newsroom Team