A boat with roughly 200 suspected asylum seekers capsized between Indonesia and Australia's Christmas Island. Dozens are feared to have drowned.
Reuters reports the boat capsized in the Indian Ocean waters about 140 miles north of Australia's Christmas Island.
Winds at the airport on Christmas Island have been consistently blowing from the east-southeast at 12 to 15 mph since midday Thursday (local time, midnight EDT). During the same time, winds at Denpasar (along Indonesia's southern coast) were howling from the southeast at 14 to 22 mph.
These winds likely stirred up the waters in which the boat was passing over.
Satellite data does not indicate any thunderstorms in the vicinity of the accident since midday Thursday (local time).
The boat is assumed to have been carrying about 200 people seeking asylum on Christmas Island from Indonesia. At least 75 people are feared to have drowned.
Reuters reports that refugees from Indonesia often attempt to reach Christmas Island in overcrowded and dangerous boats. So far this year, Australian authorities have detected more than 50 boats carrying a combined more than 4,000 asylum seekers.
In December 2011, at least 200 people perished when one overcrowded boat sank offshore of East Java.
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Several tornadoes touched down from Oklahoma to Iowa, including near Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City, on Sunday.
A slow-moving storm resulted in a week of below-normal temperatures that will likely continue into the week.
Several tornado reports have come out of the Midwest this evening, impacting areas around Wichita and Oklahoma City.
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