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Deadly IRENE Spawns Tornadoes, Pummels East Coast

Posted by feww on August 27, 2011

Tornadoes in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware destroy/damage homes


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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 27 Entry

[August 27, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,663 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • East Coast, USA. Hurricane IRENE has forced millions of Americans into shelters as it continues to barrel along the Atlantic Coast, shutting down New York. 
    • IRENE made its first landfall in North Carolina.
    • IRENE has spawned tornadoes in three states, destroying or damaging at least a dozen homes.
    • “Extremely dangerous” storm surges are expected to raise water levels by up to 12 feet.
    • The hurricane has forced the authorities to place up to 7.5 million people under evacuation orders along the East Coast.
    • At least 6 deaths have so far been attributed to Irene.
    • Up to 1.5 million people were left without power in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and wider disruptions were expected.
    • The governors in seven states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have already declared states of emergency.
    • North Carolina Governor Perdue expects “a major hit” to tobacco crops, livestock and poultry, reports said.
    • Atlantic City was turned into a ghost city as more than a million tourist evacuated the casino city.
    • Some 100,000 National Guard troops are on standby.
    • Thousands of flights have been cancelled.
  • Philippines. Typhoon NAMNADOL [locally known as MINA] has made landfall in Cagayan province, causing widespread flooding and  triggering landslides, affecting thousands of people and leaving at least 6 people dead, reports said.
  • Pakistan. Heavy monsoon rains and flooding have affected at least 2 million people in Sindh and eastern Punjab provinces, Pakistan.
    • Hundreds of villages  have been wiped out, displacing about 100,000 people.
    • Flash floods have killed at least 33 people and left more than 63 others missing, a report said.

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Tornado Death Toll Rises to 89 in Joplin, Missouri

Posted by feww on May 23, 2011

Officials expect to find more bodies

Summary of Tornado Damage in Joplin, Missouri

  • The deadly storm struck Joplin at 17:30 local time (22:30 UTC) on Sunday May 22, 2010.
  • The tornado has killed at least 89 people.
  •  Officials expect to find more bodies.
  • Some 2,000 other buildings have been destroyed.
  • As many as a thousand people have been injured.
  • The tornado that struck Joplin left an estimated path of destruction about 6 miles (10km) long a 3/4 mile (1 km) wide.
  • The death and destruction in Joplin far surpasses the devastation caused by the tornado that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama in April.
  • In just 10 minutes the deadly tornado destroyed between 30 and 75 percent of the city, according to different reports.
  • St. John’s Regional Medical Center, the main local hospital, took a direct hit, which resulted in “extensive damage,” a hospital spokesman said. “The roof is gone. A lot of the windows are blown out.”
  • Debris from the hospital, including X-rays, were found as far as 45 miles (72km) away.

Joplin Tornado. Frame grab from a news video. Click HERE to view clip.

Extensive Damage, Incredible Loss of Life

  •  “The loss of life is incredible,” said Joplin Mayor Mike Woolston. “We’re still trying to find people. The outlook is pretty bleak.”
  • “We have reports of significant structural damage to strong buildings. Automobiles have been flipped, bark was stripped off trees.” A meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Springfield said.
  • Governor Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help deal with the disaster, stating that the storms “have caused extensive damage across Missouri.” He warned:  “[The storm] continue to pose significant risk to lives and property.”

US Tornado Alley


Tornado Alley is a nickname for an area that consistently experiences a high frequency of tornadoes each year. The area that has the most strong and violent tornadoes includes eastern SD, NE, KS, OK. Northern TX, and eastern Colorado. Source: NSSL/NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

Relative frequency of killer tornado events, 1950-2004. White area indicates area with greatest frequency of tornado-related fatalities during the period. Red area had the second greatest frequency of tornado-related fatalities. © Copyright [2007] American Meteorological Society (AMS).

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Missouri Tornado Kills at least 30

Posted by feww on May 23, 2011

Deadly Tornadoes Sweep the Midwest

A powerful tornado barreled through Joplin, Missouri leaving a wide path of destruction, killing at least 30 and leaving many injured

The tornado leveled a residential area of the city (population: 50,000) estimated to be as large as 20 blocks. Many people are believed to be trapped inside destroyed/damaged buildings.

“I would say 75 percent of the town is virtually gone,” Kathy Dennis of the American Red Cross told CNN.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had received 47 reports of tornadoes  across at least 6 states and 660 other reports of severe weather across a total of 22 states, as of posting.

The tornado reportedly made a direct hit on the city’s main St John’s hospital. Joplin is located near the Ozark Mountain region.

Governor Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help deal with the disaster, stating that the storms “have caused extensive damage across Missouri.”

“We have reports of significant structural damage to strong buildings..Automobiles have been flipped, bark was stripped off trees.” A meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Springfield said.

A woman who survived the tornado sheltering in her basement is helped by other Joplin residents. Credit: Mike Gullett/Associated Press. Image may be subject to copyright.

In Minneapolis at least two people were killed and 3 dozen others injured, some of them critically, when a tornado hit earlier Sunday.

On Saturday night a deadly tornado swept through the town of Reading in eastern Kansas, killing at least one person, injuring an unspecified number of others, destroying more than 20 homes and damaging 200 other building, a state emergency management official was reported as saying on Sunday.  Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms pelted the region with baseball-sized hail.

More Deadly Weather Could Follow

US Weather Forecast Map. Click to enlarge.

GOES Eastern US SECTOR Infrared Image. 

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Mile-wide Mega Tornado Devastates Alabama

Posted by feww on April 28, 2011

James Anglin, Hackleburg AL City Council member:

“Our town is just devastated”

Tornadoes Destroy Alabama Towns killing 25, Storms Kill 37 People in the South

Storm system is forecast to move into Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky later tonight and into the Carolinas by early Thursday.

Tuscaloosa Mega Tornado

“The city experienced widespread damage from a tornado that cut a path of destruction deep into the heart of the city,” Mayor Walter Maddox said.

Hazard Warnings

  • More than 125 tornadoes have been reported so far today in five states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee.
  • Large sections of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama have been obliterated.
  • At least 25 people are confirmed dead in Alabama.
  • Storms have left 37 people dead in the South; hundreds of others have been injured.
  • Storms are expected to dump up to 7 inches of rain from Arkansas to Ohio.
  • The Black, Mississippi and Ohio rivers are flooding.
  • Widespread, severe flooding reported in Missouri, Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Wednesday reports.

Tuesday reports. Click image to enlarge.

Storm Death Toll [as of posting]

  • Alabama: 25
  •  Mississippi: 8
  • Georgia: 2
  • Arkansas: 1
  • Tennessee: 1

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GOES Eastern US SECTOR Infrared Image

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Deadly Storms Strike Spain and France

Posted by terres on January 24, 2009

High winds and torrential rains pummel northern Spain and south-western France

1. Three children were killed when the roof of a sports hall collapsed in the northern Spanish town of Sant Boi de Llobregat, near Barcelona, amid winds of up to 170km/h,  officials said. At least two other adults were also killed in Spain in separate storm-related incidents.

2. “Part of the building collapsed, there were between 20 and 30 youngsters inside. We know there are some dead and 16 injured,” a local government spokeswoman told AFP news agency.

A man looks at a tree split by a storm in Toulouse, France. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images. Image may be subject to copyright.

3. “An official with the Barcelona region’s Interior Ministry said ‘many children’ were trapped in the debris at the sports center, without offering specific figures. She spoke on condition of anonymity under agency rules.” AP said.

4. A woman was killed when a wall collapsed on her in Barcelona, while a traffic officer was killed by a falling tree in Burela, Galicia.

5. More than a million homes in France are without electricity, while roads have been blocked, train services halted and airports closed, as huge waves battered the French and Spanish coastline, BBC quoted authorities as saying.

6. “The storms are expected to spread eastwards on Saturday bringing the risk of further heavy rain, strong winds and disruption, BBC weather experts said.”

7. “The number of clients who are cut off from the grid is rising from minute to minute as the storm moves eastwards,” a spokesperson for the electricity grid operator, ERDF, told local media.

8. The storm is reportedly the most powerful to hit south-western France  since December 1999, when about 90 people were killed and up to four million homes left without electricity.

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