Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 04b (Nada), located approximately 846 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking westward at 06 knots.
Barbados – A day before Barbados’ 50th anniversary Independence celebrations were set to climax, a weather system dropped over six inches of rain, causing islandwide flooding and forcing several of the planned pre-Independence festivities to be postponed. In some areas the rainfall was so high it completely submerged vehicles. It also caused schools to be closed early.
Southern USA – Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South. The storms tore through just as firefighters began to get control of wildfires that killed seven and damaged or wiped out more than 700 homes and businesses around the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tenn. In Alabama, the weather system dumped more than 2 inches of rain in areas that had been parched by months of choking drought. At least 13 confirmed twisters damaged homes, splintered barns and toppled trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, the National Weather Service said.