Tornadoes around the World


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September 22, 2018 - Severe thunderstorm, large hail and destructive tornado hit Ottawa, 85 000 homes without power, Canada (Photos)
Severe thunderstorm, large hail and destructive tornado hit Ottawa, 85 000 homes without power, Canada


Severe thunderstorms accompanied by large hail and a destructive tornado swept through eastern Ontario and into Quebec during the afternoon hours of September 21, 2018. The storm left widespread power outages, three seriously injured people of which one is in critical condition and more than 60 damaged homes. Several homes were completely destroyed.

The storm produced winds gusts of up to 100 km/h (62 mph), hail the size golf balls and a tornado which affected dozens of buildings, downed trees, and ripped shingles off roofs.

Widespread power outages were reported across a large swath of Ontario.

"We can confirm there are outages to over 85 000 customers across Ottawa as a result of the storm (including damage from winds, lightning and tornado activity). There is significant damage to the grid and all crews are out assessing damage and will establish a priority restoration," Hydro Ottawa said.

The tornado touched down near Dunrobin, Ottawa and tracked east across the Ottawa River to Gatineau, Quebec, leaving a trail of destruction.

"It was one storm that tracked for quite a significant distance," said Peter Kimbell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Ottawa Paramedics said they responded to 16 tornado-related calls in Dunrobin area, from people trapped in houses and cars, power lines down, trauma from debris to secondary trauma from high winds.

At least three people sustained serious injuries and seven less severe. One person is in critical condition.

About 60 homes in Dunrobin were damaged and several completely destroyed.

"It looks like a massive bomb explosion, covering a wide area. It’s a very tense situation for people living here," Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said.

The twister also caused significant damage in Gatineau, especially along Boulevard Cité-des-Jeunes where a number of buildings had their roofs blown off.

"Based on damage reports, it is likely the tornado will be classified as an EF-2," Kimbell said.

Published on Sep 21, 2018 (0:39 min.)

The Ottawa Airport suspended 'ground operations' as a precaution because of lightning in the area.

The airport lost power and is operating on a backup generator, the Ottawa Citizen reports

Published on Sep 22, 2018 (4:11 min.)


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At least 14 people were killed in southeastern Alabama on Sunday as damaging tornadoes swept through the area, officials told The Associated Press.

March 3, 2019 - Tornado leaves at least 14 dead as dangerous winds rip through Alabama (Video)

Tornado leaves at least 14 dead as dangerous winds rip through Alabama

The deaths were in Lee County, about 60 miles northeast of Montgomery, and the death toll is expected to rise, the Lee County Sheriff's Office said.

Emergency officials have not released details about the victims, but the Lee County Emergency Management Agency said the brunt of the damages happened near Beauregard, Alabama, where at least two of the deaths occurred, according to local media reports. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey extended a previous state of emergency declaration in the wake of the severe weather in the area.
The Lee County Emergency Management Agency said more than 150 first responders were on the ground in the moments after the storm.

The tornadoes have struck parts of Alabama, near the Georgia state line, to Macon, Georgia, about 100 miles to the east.

Residents in the storm's path shared harrowing video on social media Sunday as winds tore entire neighborhoods apart. One person posted footage of what appeared to be an uprooted metal guardrail wrapped around a tree, while others shared video of large poles and street lights twisting in the wind.

East Alabama Medical Center said they have received over 40 patients injured in the tornadoes and expect more to arrive. Some of the patients have been sent to surrounding hospitals, officials said in a statement.


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Where I live in Pennsylvania, late Saturday night and most of the day Sunday, we experienced heavy winds and rain - it was like someone was powerwashing the exterior of the buildings. The sound of the wind was really loud at times. During Sunday night into Monday morning, the winds had died down but now, as evening is approaching, the winds are back - very heavy turbulence. Reports of trees uprooting and road closures but no tornado warnings, as of yet.

Nearly 2,300 US flights were canceled by Sunday evening, more then 90 percent of them at airports in Chicago; Houston, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Columbus and Ohio.

April 15, 2019 - Storms sweep across the South, killing 8 and injuring dozens

Storms sweep across the South, killing 8 and injuring dozens

A gas station is damaged following severe weather, Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Vicksburg, Miss. (AP)

Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children were among the dead.

Nearly 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.

Two children were killed on a back road in East Texas when a pine tree fell onto the car in which they were riding in a severe thunderstorm Saturday near Pollok, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) southeast of Dallas.

The tree “flattened the car like a pancake,” said Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office. The children, ages 8 and 3, were dead at the scene, while both parents, who were in the front seat, escaped injury, he said.

At least one person was killed and about two dozen others were injured after a suspected tornado struck the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in East Texas during a Native American cultural event in Alto, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) southeast of Dallas. Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis said the fatality that was reported was of a woman who died of her critical injuries.

In neighboring Houston County, the sheriff’s office said one person was killed in Weches, 6 miles southwest of Caddo Mound.
There was widespread damage in Alto, a town of about 1,200, and the school district canceled classes until its buildings can be deemed safe.

A tornado flattened much of the south side of Franklin, Texas, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences, said Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas.

The weather service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 mph (225.3 kph).
It destroyed 55 homes, a church, four businesses, a duplex, and part of the local housing authority building, authorities said. Two people were hospitalized for injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene, Yezak said. Some people had to be extricated from damaged dwellings.

Heavy rains and storms raked Mississippi into the night Saturday as the storms moved east.

Roy Ratliff, 95, died after a tree crashed onto his trailer in northeastern Mississippi, Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said at a news conference, adding that a tornado had struck. Nineteen residents were taken to hospitals, including two in critical condition. A tornado was reported in the area 140 miles (225 kilometers) southeast of Memphis, Tennessee, at the time.

In Hamilton, Mississippi, 72-year-old Robert Scott said he had been sleeping in his recliner late Saturday when he was awakened and found himself in his yard after a tornado ripped most of his home off its foundation.

His 71-year-old wife, Linda, was in a different part of the house and also survived, he said. They found each other while crawling through the remnants of the house they have lived in since 1972.

“We’re living, and God has blessed us,” Scott, a retired manager for a grocery store meat department, said Sunday as neighbors helped him salvage his belongings.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down in the Vicksburg, Mississippi area. No injuries were reported, but officials reported damage to several businesses and vehicles.

The storm damaged a roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, and Mississippi State University’s 21,000 students huddled in basements and hallways as a tornado neared the campus in Starkville.

University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. Trees were toppled and minor damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus.

The large storm system also caused flash floods in Louisiana, where two deaths were reported.

Authorities said 13-year-old Sebastian Omar Martinez drowned in a drainage canal after flash flooding struck Bawcomville, near Monroe, said Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Department. Separately, one person died when a car was submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, also near Monroe.

As the storm moved into Alabama, a possible tornado knocked out power and damaged mobile homes in Troy, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Montgomery.

Near the Birmingham suburb of Hueytown, a county employee died after being struck by a vehicle while he was helping clear away trees about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, said Capt. David Agee of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The man, whose name was not immediately released, died after being taken to a hospital.

The forecast of severe weather forced officials at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, to start the final round of the tournament early on Sunday in order to finish in midafternoon before it began raining.


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At a Glance
  • Scattered severe storms are expected from the High Plains to the mid-Atlantic Saturday.
  • Damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes are possible.
  • Rounds of soaking rain will likely result in flooding, as the ground is already saturated in many areas.
Scattered severe thunderstorms will continue to flare up from Texas into parts of the mid-Atlantic through late week, producing damaging wind gusts, large hail and potentially a few tornadoes. Heavy rainfall from these storms could also trigger flash flooding.


Damage from a possible tornado was reported near Flatonia, Texas, on Friday morning and multiple industrial buildings were damaged near La Grange, Texas, along highway 71.

Heavy rainfall led to a water rescue near Batesville, Indiana, due to a car stranded in high water early Friday.

This threat of severe weather and heavy rain is along a slow-moving front, which has spawned damaging storms since the beginning of this week. This system will finally begin to push eastward Friday into the weekend.

A few strong to severe thunderstorms may develop on Saturday from the northern Gulf Coast into parts of the Southeast and into Virginia.
Damaging wind gusts will be the main concern, but hail and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Locally heavy rainfall in the Ohio Valley could lead to some flooding as well.

A few storms containing large hail and damaging winds are also possible in the central and southern High Plains.

5-3-2019 La Grange, Tx Extensive Tornado damage from drone, cars flipped, buildings destroyed
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Here is another shot from today's tornado near McCook, Nebraska.
We we're roughly 1km from the base of the tornado. I will post video shortly. @USTornadoes @stormfrontfreak

Pecos Hank Published on May 12, 2019 / 5:53
Tornado northeast of Wichita Falls Texas on April 30, 2019 and behind the scenes storm chasing. This tornado occurred over mostly open prairie in the Red River basin.
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'Nowhere for the water to go': Tornadoes, floods hit central US day after 20 tornadoes


May 21, 2019 -Strong winds, downpours and at least one tornado battered the central U.S. Tuesday, a day after more than 20 tornadoes rolled through the region.Still more severe storms – with large hail the greatest threat – were forecast for Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center said, from Texas to the Great Lakes. Eastern Kansas and western Missouri were the areas at highest risk for the foul weather.

On Tuesday, flooding led to high-water rescues in Oklahoma and a tornado roared near Tulsa International Airport. "Luckily no damage," airport officials tweeted Tuesday morning.

One person was injured as travelers were briefly moved to shelters and some flights were canceled.

In Stillwater, Oklahoma State University shut down and emergency responders were rescuing people from homes overwhelmed by high water. El Reno, 25 miles west of Oklahoma City, was partially underwater.

City Hall and schools were closed, and first responders were "working diligently to assist the citizens affected by high water," Mayor Matt White said.

"All the ponds and all the creeks are completely full," he said. "There is nowhere for the water to go."

This image made from video provided by KWTV-KOTV shows two funnel clouds formed in Crescent, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2019.

This image made from video provided by KWTV-KOTV shows two funnel clouds formed in Crescent, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2019."

In Texas, high winds and storms forced Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to alter traffic patterns, causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 1 hour and 36 minutes.

A tornado was also reported in the Springfield, Missouri, area on Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

Looking ahead, after a stormy Wednesday, more bad weather is forecast for the rest of the month for the central U.S.: "It looks like there is no end in sight to this very active pattern of severe weather into the end of May," AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said.

While storms continue to batter the central U.S., extreme heat will be the main weather story in the Southeast for the next several days. Record-breaking high temperatures, some nearing 100 degrees, are possible in several states from Alabama to Virginia.

Earlier in the week, storms Monday produced golf-ball-size hail and strong wind gusts across parts of Texas and Oklahoma. Confirmed tornadoes left damage behind near Mangum, Oklahoma, and Paducah, Texas, AccuWeather said.

Tornadoes in sparsely populated areas damaged homes and barns in Oklahoma on Monday, but no injuries were reported. In the southwestern Oklahoma town of Mangum. Glynadee Edwards, the Greer County emergency management director, said roofs of homes were damaged and the high school’s agriculture barn was destroyed. The livestock survived, however.

“The pigs are walking around wondering what happened to their house,” she said.

Another tornado severely damaged a house and destroyed a barn in the northern Oklahoma unincorporated community of Lucien.

The severe weather this week comes after a string of wild-weather days across the Midwest last week, when at least 50 reports of tornadoes were logged across the central and southern Plains, AccuWeather said.


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Monster tornado that ripped 20-mile trail of destruction through Missouri capital was almost a mile wide
May 24, 2019, 2:32:35 PM EDT
clearer picture emerged Friday of the size and scope of the powerful tornadoes that tore across Missouri on Wednesday night, leaving trails of destruction in their paths. The state’s capital, Jefferson City, was among the hardest-hit places, struck overnight by a tornado with a peak wind speed of 160 mph that has been given preliminary rating of EF3.

The monstrous nighttime tornado that struck Jefferson City, a city with a population of about 42,000, was almost a mile wide and was on the ground for nearly 20 miles, toppling homes, ripping roofs off homes and business below. At least 20 citizens were transported to local hospitals, according to Jefferson City Police, but no fatalities were reported.

AccuWeather News Reporter Jonathan Petramala was on the ground in Jefferson City Thursday after the twister roared through the city surveying the damage and speaking with survivors. Aerial photos showed large portions of the city in ruins with debris strewn in all directions.

While many residents had enough time to brace for the threat, some residents were not prepared for the tornado, including 86-year-old Bob Burnham, a Jefferson City resident.

“I really didn’t hear anything because I was asleep. The only thing I heard was that window breaking, and then I woke up,” Burnham told Petramala, gesturing over to the side of his bedroom window, which is now shattered. The garage of his home also collapsed; however, Burnham survived the disaster without even a scratch.

Many historic structures in the capital city are now in tatters. “It’s pretty devastating to see it in shambles,” an onlooker said to Petramala. Damages from the devastating tornado stretch over about 30 miles, leaving a long road to recovery for many survivors.

As residents in Jefferson City cleaned up tornado damage on Thursday, those in southwestern Missouri faced the same daunting task. The Golden City tornado was rated EF3 with maximum winds near 140 mph.

Three people were killed in Golden City, Missouri, after a tornado moved across the region Wednesday evening. An elderly husband and wife were identified as two of the victims. Kenneth "Gene" Harris, 86, and his 83-year-old wife, Opal Harris, perished in the storm. Their bodies were found about 200 yards from their farmstead home outside Golden City Wednesday night, officials said.

Local 41 Action News reporter Sarah Blake traveled to the Harris farmstead, where the damage was extensive. The Harrises were fourth-generation cattle ranchers. According to the family, Gene never missed a day of chores despite his advanced age. He loved golf, and he and Opal were devoted to family.

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The third fatality was Betty Berg, 56. She and her husband, Mark Berg, also 56, lived in a mobile home just west of Golden City, which was lifted up by the tornado and landed in pieces across Highway 126. Her husband was seriously injured and reportedly remained hospitalized in critical condition as of Friday.

Their eight children and nine grandchildren are mourning the loss of Betty while trying to comfort Mark, who is in the hospital recovering, local news station KCTV News reported.

Betty's friend Rose Burke remembered Betty as kind-hearted woman. “Betty was the first person I met when I moved to Missouri,” Burke told KCTV. “She just took me in under her wings. She was like my best friend."

“Betty was an amazing person,” she added. “She watched my kids grow. She was called ‘Auntie Betty.’”

Burke hopes to find memorabilia for Betty's family, as each photo found is a chance to remember her.

“Please keep her kids and Mark in your prayers,” she implored. “Please. They need it a lot.”

The damage from tornadoes spread further through the central U.S. A tornadic thunderstorm tracked from Ottawa County, Oklahoma, into Bexter Springs and Galena, Kansas, and then into Carl Junction, Oronogo and Golden City, Missouri.

Preliminary damage surveys were done on these tornadoes from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Springfield, Missouri. The Golden City and Carl Junction tornadoes were rated EF3 with maximum winds near 140 mph. The Oronogo tornado was rated an EF0, according to officials at the National Weather Service (NWS).

Since Monday, there have been nearly 130 tornado reports across the Central states, and the threat will continue through Friday. At least 45 were reported on Wednesday. Some of these reports may be duplicates of the same tornado, meaning the final tally of tornadoes could eventually change.

Cleanup efforts continue in the impacted areas into Friday throughout the state. State and local officials continue to survey the damage.

Carrie Tergin, mayor of Jefferson City, joined the AccuWeather Network to speak with AccuWeather Broadcast Meteorologists Brittany Boyer and Geoff Cornish about the damage and aftermath from the EF3 tornado that struck late Wednesday night.

The city’s police and fire department went into action after the tornado moved in. Other agencies, the state, the county and surrounding cities came together to assist by sending resources and officers to the scene.

“We’re very, very fortunate, with the amount of significant damage, that we did not have a lot of injuries and thankfully, there have been no fatalities reported,” Tergin said.

While the city was still assessing the total number of buildings destroyed, Tergin described the damages as “expansive from one end of town to the other.” It started on the south end of Jefferson City and moved through the central core and out.

“It really left a pretty widespread path,” Tergin said. “It hit things from businesses to our brand new Special Olympics Training for Life facility. It hit a car dealership, and it literally had cars on top of each other.”

Power lines and trees were down everywhere. A lot of neighborhoods were hit, as well as a very historic area, Capital Avenue, suffered significant damage.


Missouri Gov. Mike Parson confirmed damage to state buildings and that power was out in some areas. Parson traveled to areas devastated by the storm to survey the damage on Thursday.

"Across the state, Missouri’s first responders once again responded quickly and with strong coordination as much of the state dealt with extremely dangerous conditions that left people injured, trapped in homes, and tragically led to the death of three people," Parson said in a Thursday morning press conference.

The Missouri Emergency Management Agency helps local agencies and other organizations with the cleanup efforts.

"Heads up for those involved in storm damage cleanup today: highs will be above average across the region & near-record highs are possible at St. Louis. It will also be more humid than it has been on recent warm days," the NWS office in St. Louis, Missouri, said in a tweet.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the high 80s into the low 90s in Saint Louis on Friday. The AccuWeather RealFeel® high temperature is forecast to be around 91 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition to tornadoes, other forms of severe weather rolled through the central U.S. Wednesday night, including flash flooding, destructive hail larger than golf balls and wind gusts over 70 mph. Severe weather reports have been recorded through a large portion of the U.S. from Tuesday to Thursday.

The three fatalities in Missouri bring the death toll of the severe weather outbreak up to seven for the week.

Two people were killed in a traffic accident near Springfield, Missouri, on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. Officials say the accident was weather related. One fatality was reported in Perkins, Oklahoma, when a motorist drowned on Tuesday after driving around a high water warning barricade and into a flooded roadway.

A tornado-related death was reported in Adair, Iowa, after severe storms ripped through the area early Wednesday. Emergency responders recovered the body of 74-year-old Linda Brownlee, while 78-year-old Harold Brownlee was flown to a hospital to be treated for injuries.

Some parts of the southern Plains have been hit with more than a month’s worth of rain since the weekend. Deadly storms that ripped across Oklahoma and neighboring states earlier this week sparked dozens of reported tornadoes and on Wednesday resulted in devastating floods throughout parts of Oklahoma. More thunderstorms could cause floodwaters to expand even further, continuing to inundate roads and communities.

“Because multiple storms may move repeatedly over the same locations late this week, flooding will again be a major concern. Some communities may receive another 3 to 6 inches of rain on top of what already fell early this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott said.



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This one in Romania (April 30) was also very big and powerful. The tornado picked up a fully loaded bus with 40 people on board "dozens of Meters through the air" and injured 12, four of which dangerously.


It was captured by several people on camera including one inside of the bus. Eyewitnesses compared it to movies in the cinema; "We've only seen this kind of thing in the movies before."

The last one is from inside of the bus:

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May 30, 2019

Aux #EtatsUnis, with over 500 reports of over the #tornades @NWSSPC past 30 days, the most active sequence has been known since the April 2011 episode. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 935 tornadoes in the United States. More info 👉 / Translated from French by Microsoft
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