Heavy snowstorms swept across northern China over the weekend, with the most extreme weather hitting Beijing, Hebei and the Inner Mongolia region. Three elderly Japanese tourists died after being trapped in sudden heavy snowstorms during a visit to the Great Wall of China.
At least 22 people have been killed by heavy rains in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. More than 1,500 houses have been damaged and thousands of people living in low-lying areas in the affected districts have been moved to 86 relief camps. Rail and road traffic also also been hit as flood waters inundated railway tracks and highways.
The US East Coast is still facing challenges trying to recover from last week’s Superstorm Sandy. A new storm system is expected to bring fresh downpours to already flooded areas by Wednesday and thousands of displaced victims will be in urgent need of temporary accommodation in shelters as extremely cold weather is also on the way. Initial damage questimates suggest that the cost of Sandy may be in excess of $70 billion, approaching Hurricane Katrina’s cost of $100 billion.
The US death toll from Sandy stands at 98 as swathes of the East Coast battle to recover, three days after being battered by the massive storm. The death toll from Sandy is continuing to rise, as swathes of the US East Coast battle to recover from the massive storm that hit three days ago. At least 38 people are now known to have died in New York City alone, and others are missing. About 4.5 million people in 12 states are still without power, and chronic fuel shortages persist. The National Guard is to deliver a million meals and bottled water to New Yorkers affected by the storm.
High tides have again flooded Venice, Italy, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark’s Square and other areas under water.
Torrential rains from Tropical Cyclone Nilam have left vast stretches of croplands in Chittoor, Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur and East Godavari districts, Southern India under water and claimed the lives of six people.
Stunning NASA video shows Sandy genesis from tropical storm to Hurricane. See it here.
Hurricane Sandy has been blamed for 82 deaths in US and Canada.
Tropical Storm Rosa strengthens in the Pacific, but is still far from land.
The U.S. Northeast began crawling back to normal on Wednesday after monster storm Sandy crippled transportation, knocked out power for millions and killed at least 45 people in nine states with a massive storm surge and rain that caused epic flooding. Financial markets reopened with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and packed buses took residents back to work with the subway system halted after seawater flooded its tunnels. John F. Kennedy and Newark airports reopened with limited service after thousands of flights were canceled, leaving travelers stuck for days. New York’s LaGuardia Airport, the third of the airports that serve the nation’s busiest airspace, was flooded and remained closed.It will take days or weeks to recover from the massive power and mass transit outages.
Tropical Storm Rosa forms well off Mexico’s Pacific coast, no threat to land.
Tens of thousands flee as tropical storm Nilam hits Chennai in south India. Heavy rains bring floods to the area.
Hurricane Sandy hits the US East Coast, leaving more than 7 million people without power, flooding New York subways, at least three New Jersey towns. At least 18 people dead. Half of Manhattan underwater. A record 4 metre storm surge was threatening southern Manhattan. Cars are floating down streets, subway stations and tunnels are filling with water. President Obama signs a declaration of emergency for New York and New Jersey. New York Stock Exchange closes for a second straight day. Fire in Queens destroys 50 homes. Huge devastation in Atlantic City.
Heavy rains flood Argentina’s capital. Nearly 5 inches (130 millimeters) of rain fell in just a few hours Monday morning, causing power outages, flooding subways and train lines and turning streets into rivers.
Tropical Storm Son-Tinh was moving northeast along the northern Vietnamese coast on Monday after tearing the roofs off hundreds of houses and breaching flood defenses overnight and killing at least 30 people.
Tropical Cyclone Nilam hits Sri Lanka and South India.
A tornado tore through Somerset, Bermuda yesterday morning, damaging buildings and vehicles in a flurry of destruction before drifting off shore.
Snow and gales hit France and Switzerland over the weekend. Four people die with 2 still missing.
Hurricane Sandy is threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the US with havoc from high winds, drenching rains, extreme tides, storm surges and flooding as the East Coast battens down from Virginia and Massachusetts, including Delaware, New Jersey, the New York City area, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Death toll from Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean rises to 58. Gale force winds are expected to arrive along portions of the US mid-Atlantic coast by late Sunday and reach Long Island and southern New England by Monday morning. Winds to near hurricane force could reach the mid-Atlantic states by late Monday.
At least 24 people have been killed as a result of tropical storm Son-Tinh in the Philippines.
Hurricane Sandy kills 29 people on its path through the Caribbean and now targets the US east coast. A tropical storm watch for both the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts has been issued. A hazardous weather outlook warning has been issued for Connecticut. Central Florida is also on alert.
The floods in Chad continue to take a severe humanitarian toll. The number of flood-affected people in Chad has risen to 700,000, up from 445,000 in September while aid agencies estimate the loss or damage of 255,720 hectares of cropland, 94,211 houses and 1,015 schools. Some 70,000 people have been displaced by the flooding.
Hurricane Sandy is forecast to hit just south of New England. Sandy will continue to parallel the US East Coast and will affect the Bahamas as a strong hurricane. Florida and southern Georgia, further away, will feel tropical storm force strength wind from the storm.
Tropical Storm Son-Tinh is forecast to strike China as a typhoon on 27 October and to make landfall along the northern coast of Vietnam, just south of Hanoi early Sunday.
Hurricane Sandy has made landfall on the southeastern coast of Cuba and strengthened to a strong Category 2 storm, with winds up to 175 kilometers per hour.
Tropical storm Tony forms in the Atlantic. No threat to land and the storm is not expected to endure long.
Tropical storm Son-Tinh forms in the western Pacific and makes landfall over Siargao, an island in the Philippines. A tropical storm warning has been issued with hundreds of passengers stranded as sea and air travel have been suspended in southern Philippines.
Tropical storm Murjan in the Indian Ocean strikes Somalia.
A powerful cyclone with gale-force winds and heavy precipitation is advancing upon Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.
Extreme weather wreaks havoc in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Floodwaters swept five people away in northern KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend. Three further people who were washed down the Chibide River at Silutshane, near Vryheid are still missing. The widespread rain and storms have caused chaos and misery everywhere, especially on the roads and informal settlements.
Tornado hits Neshoba County, Mississippi, USA.
Tropical Storm Sandy Prompts Hurricane Warning for Jamaica. Jamaicans have taken refuge in shelters and their homes. Schools and airports are closed and a curfew has been imposed in major towns to keep people off the streets and deter looting.
Flooding kills 3 people in Anatolia in northwestern Turkey.
A tornado touched down north of Sacramento, California on Monday, ripping shingles off rooftops and blowing down trees and power lines.
Tropical Storm Sandy forms south of Jamaica; system will likely strengthen.
A tornado flattened an old wooden theatre, tore roofs off houses and shattered windows as it ripped through the small West Coast towns of Hector and Ngakawau, New Zealand overnight.
Heavy rains bring floods to the Eastern Cape, South Africa. At least 8 people have died and numerous bridges and roads have been washed away.
A tornado blew through central Pennsylvania, USA, causing a pavilion to collapse at a park, injuring 15 people.
A powerful storm has caused flooding in Spain’s northeastern region, one woman was found dead and another two people are missing.
Tornadoes in Mississippi and Arkansas, USA leave thousands without power. Severe storms in Mississippi and Arkansas toppled trees and damaged mobile homes, leaving thousands of residents in the dark across the states. At least seven people were injured by the storms as they crossed through Mississippi. Meanwhile, crews in Denver, Colorado, are working to restore electricity after high winds knocked down powerlines.
A satellite image of decaying typhoon, tropical storm Prapiroon, shows a massive swirl and a rarely observed “street” of mini-swirls. These vortices in the western Pacific adjacent to one another are examples of a decaying typhoon and a phenomenon known as a “von Karman vortex street”.
Prapiroon is no threat to land, safely positioned 325 nautical miles south of Yokosuka, Japan and is headed out to sea.