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    STORMS? that killed a youth and flooded the Sydney area and the NSW south coast?

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    Background: STORMS? that killed a youth and flooded the Sydney area and the NSW south coast h??? probably saved most of Australia's $5,400 million wheat crop.

    Kelvin Hansen, 15, was helping his father nail down loose lron at their home in Goulburn, 237 km (132 miles) south-west if Sydney on Saturday when he was blown from the roof.

    He died in Canberra Hospital of internal injuries.

    He northern NSW and on the D???rling Downs in Queensland, grow??? who were facing financial disaster are now looking forward to record yields.

    More than 50 mm (2in) of rain has fallen in some western areas in the past few days.

    Around Ta???worth in northern NSW 60,000 hectares (148.000 acres) of wheat, valued at $10 million, has been sown & Department of Agriculture official said yesterday.

    Tamworth's district agr???n???most, Mr. ???. Scott, said prospects for the northern wheat season were probably the best since 1969.

    "I expect record returns to growers from the crops? he said.

    Further ??? Mr. D. Griff??? of Gunnedah??? a wheat??? agent, said the area in Australia - would be able to area in Australia - would be able to sow about 160,000 hectares (400,000 acres) as a result of the rains.

    "This is like six Christmases all at once," he said last night.

    "Until the rains came we were facing a disaster - but now, provided we get good follow-up rains - say an inch in the next two or three weeks - we will have a bumper cro???, "he predicted.

    "With the livestock market so depressed, farmers are facing ruin unless the wheat crop co???es good."
    We are not dancing for joy yet - a farmer never does until he's harvested the crop - but we're off to a great start now.

    "If the rains had held off for an other three or four weeks, we would have had no crop at all."
    North at More???, an agronomist? Mr G. Fenton, said the rain had ended a critical period for wheat farmers.

    He said: "Last year the More? area produced 450,000 tonnes of wheat. We would exceed that figure this year."
    But ??? in V???etoria and southern NSW have missed out on much-needed rain.

    Around Wagga only 40 per cent of the wheat has been sown because of the dry conditions and even if rains do come yields are expected to be down.

    The wheat research officer at Hor??? in ??? Mr J. Barth, said yesterday Hors??? had no rain for several months and only one-fifth (100?000 hectares) of the expected crop this year had been planted.

    A spokesman for the Australian Wheat Board said Victoria needed at least 50mm (2in) of rain before the end of June so the crop could be ???own.

    Thousands? of Sydney residents were without power at the weekend as the ??? severe storm to his Sydney in 12 months ripped down power p?les, ??? off roofs and flooded local roads.

    The storm which hit Sydney early on Friday night reached its peak at 6 am Saturday with south-east winds ???lowing ??? to 56 knots.

    L??? yesterday several hundred homes were still without power.

    By Saturday morning Sydney had received 87mm of rainfall.

    The car breakdown service operated by the NRNA handled almost 4000 weekend calls. At one stage up to 450 calls were taken each hour.

    Many motorists had to wait up to five hours for help.

    Harbor ??? services t Manly were delayed for nearly four hours on Saturday morning because of rough seas.

    The State Emergency Services yesterday worked flat out repairing damage to houses mostly torn roofs.

    In 10 conse??? days 323 mm of rain has fallen in Sydney,bringing the total for this month to 324 mm? the highest for June since 1964. The rain follows a 34-day dry period.

    The total rainfall this year in Sydney is 971 mm 246 mm above average.

    More than 30 people were evacuated from their homes and crops on the Hawkesbury flood-plain were in??? dated.

    The Shoalhaven River district 161 km (100 miles) south of Sydney was ??? for its third day of major flooding as the river continued to rise.

    Already hundreds of people around Nowra have been evacuated and water is spread across 20 km (12 miles) of farmland in the area.

    Last night? ??? force winds continued to batter the coast?l town of ?ega and fishermen report the worst seas for the past 40 years.

    Today's forecast for NSW: strong to gale force SE winds: heavy rain on the south coast ??? in the rest of the State with patchy rain in the NE? Fog patches. Very strong seas on far south coast. Showers are expected in Sydney with a top temperature of 16 degrees.

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