A tropical cyclone on Australia’s west coast destroyed several homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of people overnight before weakening on Monday morning.
Officials said around 70% of the structures in the coastal town of Kalbarri, about 500 kilometres (310 miles) north of state capital Perth, had sustained damage when the category three storm made landfall late on Sunday.
“The devastation caused by Cyclone Seroja is widespread and severe,” Western Australia state premier Mark McGowan told reporters.
Around 40% of the damage was “major”, WA Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said.
No deaths or major injuries have been reported.
A recovery effort is now underway as the biggest threat has passed, McGowan said. There are 31,500 customers still without power supply, which he said could take days to restore.
Tropical cyclone Seroja was downgraded after making landfall to a category two system and was later downgraded further to a tropical low, but bringing heavy rain and strong winds.
Photos on social media and local broadcasts showed downed powerlines, debris and houses stripped of roofs and walls. Western Australia state authorities opened three evacuation centres for displaced residents.
The region was on high alert for the storm, given that houses and other buildings were not built to withstand tropical cyclones, which usually do not push so far south.
“This is a rare weather event for people in southern and eastern parts of WA,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.
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A tornado ripped through a portion of Louisiana early Saturday morning causing extensive damage and leaving at least one person dead and seven others injured, officials said.
Seven people were taken to hospitals and multiple other victims were treated on scene, KLFY reported. Search and rescue crews were still assessing the area for other victims.
The storm caused extensive damage to homes and vehicles. A trailer from a truck was in the middle of a road and other vehicles were flipped over, KLFY reported.
Jose Antonio Higareda, 27, was killed when the tornado hit the home where he was living with 130 to 140 mph winds, The Advocate reported.
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Tornadoes hit the Girne (Kyrenia) district of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) late Friday, inflicting significant damage on businesses, homes and the power grid.
Coastal settlements of Ozanköy, Çatalköy, Karşıyaka and Lapta Hotels Region were particularly damaged with strong winds ripping off rooftops, trees and power lines. Three people were slightly wounded due to falling objects.
The Teknecik Power Plant, the main electricity plant of the TRNC, was also affected as a transformer blew up, causing blackouts in the town of Girne and adjacent settlements.
President Ersin Tatar visited the affected areas on Friday and pledged to help those who suffered losses.
Authorities resumed efforts early Saturday to assess the damage and clean up the debris.
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Saturday in a Twitter message that Turkey will continue to stand by the TRNC to overcome the damage, offering his condolences.
Tornadoes are a rare phenomenon in the Mediterranean basin, however, they have increased both in number and strength in recent years with experts pointing to adverse effects of climate change and global warming.
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There have been quite a few tornadoes in Ontario this year and the latest one that was just confirmed happened unusually late.
A damage survey was done in Georgetown, a community in Halton Hills, by the Northern Tornadoes Project and it confirmed that a tornado happened on November 15.
In Ontario, tornadoes usually happen between May and September so having one touched down recently is pretty rare for this time of the year.
This tornado happened at around 2:45 p.m. ET on November 15 in the northern part of Georgetown and has been rated as an EF1.
It had maximum wind speeds of 135 km/h, a length of 3.7 kilometres and a maximum width of 360 metres.
There was mainly tree damage done by this twister but some rooves were damaged as well.
According to the Northern Tornadoes Project, this is the province’s 41st tornado of 2020 and Ontario usually sees an average of 12 a year.
So not only has this year had a really late twister but it’s also been above-average for the number of tornadoes too.
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Sydney has been plunged into chaos after severe weather swept through the state, causing flash flooding and triggering a landslide at a remote walking trail in the city’s north.
Aerial footage shows the land spill at the Mackerel trail near Palm Beach that came within metres of several properties and caused severe damage to at least one home at Mackerel Beach.
Another two properties were “partly” damaged.
Residents at 18 addresses – totalling 25 people – have been evacuated, while officials at the Northern Beaches Council have been called in to assess the damage, a NSW SES spokesman said.
Sydney’s Northern Beaches have already copped 100mm of rain in the last three days with more on the way as flash flooding prompted road closures and left many homes without power.
The news comes as Australia’s east coast battles a hammering from mother nature.
Australia has been hit by more than 2.24 million lightning strikes in just 48 hours, while damaging winds of up to 100km/h continue to rip through multiple states, with volunteers inundated with calls for help.
More storms are expected this week.
“This is peak storm season,” BOM meteorologist Dean Narramore said.
Sydneysiders can expect the storms to hit on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the peak predicted for the latter.
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At least one person has been killed after a roof collapsed on the campus of Curtin University in Western Australia. Several injuries have been reported as emergency workers search through the rubble for survivors.
A glass ceiling caved in at a construction site located on the premises of the Perth university on Tuesday. Firefighters and paramedics are at the scene and have begun to look for victims.
At least one person was killed in the collapse, with several others reportedly injured, one critically, local media reported. An ambulance service confirmed that it had transported two men in their 20s who sustained “multiple injuries” to a nearby hospital.
The collapse also crushed a construction vehicle.
Aerial photographs and video footage show a huge hole in the building’s glass roof, as emergency workers sift through the debris.
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Nearly 500,000 power outages reported across Texas & Louisiana as Hurricane Delta pummels gulf coast with 80mph gusts
Nearly a half-million residents in Texas and Louisiana have been left without power after Hurricane Delta made landfall along the US gulf coast, battering cities with winds up to 80 miles per hour.
Delta hit land in southwest Louisiana on Friday night, inflicting widespread damage and knocking out electricity for some 379,636 people in the state and another 108,402 in neighboring Texas, according to PowerOutage.us, a project that aggregates data from utility companies around the country.
Footage circulating on social media showed powerful gusts sweeping through the streets of multiple Louisiana cities, including Jennings and Lake Charles, where power lines were also seen downed by the wind.
As the storm surge began to swell ocean tides along the Louisiana coast on Friday evening, flooding could be seen in some areas of the state, including in the town of Delcambre. According to the New Orleans National Weather Service, however, no flash flood warnings are currently in effect.
Though the storm was initially classified a Category 2 hurricane, producing winds up to 100 miles per hour, it was downgraded to a Category 1 soon after making landfall. Delta is expected to continue to lose steam as it moves northeast across Louisiana and will eventually become a tropical storm, according to forecasts from local meteorologists.
The storm comes on the heels of a number of destructive weather systems in recent months, with the Category 4 Hurricane Laura pounding Louisiana and neighboring states in August with winds up to 150 miles per hour, resulting in some 77 deaths in total and more than $14.1 billion in damage. Tropical Storm Beta also hit Texas last month, wreaking destruction across parts of the state’s coast.
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