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1 dead, 7 injured after tornado rips through Louisiana parish, USA

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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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Tornado tears through new Ballarat housing estate in Alfredton, Australia

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Wild winds have torn through a new housing estate in Ballarat.

The wild weather whipped through Alfredton at about 5.30am.

Peter, whose house was seriously damaged, said “it’s like a bit of a war zone” in his street this morning.

“It was just like a jet … on your roof starting up your motor.”

He says three large sheets of his roof have been blown more than 100 metres down the road.

“It was unbelievable.”

Parts of somebody else’s shed have blown into his front and backyard, and fences have been destroyed.

Up to 20 houses in the “brand new housing area” may have been damaged.

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Tornadoes hit northern parts of Turkish Cyprus, damage power grid

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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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A Tornado Was Just Confirmed In Ontario, Canada

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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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Tornado touches down near Annapolis amid evening of strong storms #Tornado #Storms #Annapolis #Maryland #USA

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A severe weather system brought heavy rain, high winds, hail and at least one confirmed tornado Thursday evening.

The weather service said the main threat from the storms will be “damaging wind gusts, but tornadoes cannot be ruled out.”

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, including Annapolis, Parole and Edgewater, until 6:30 p.m.

Just after 6 p.m., the weather service confirmed that a tornado touched down just south of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. They said the tornado was moving east toward the Bay Bridge and advised everyone in the area to take cover.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine reported scenes of damage consistent with a tornado along Route 2, just south of the South River Bridge. Numerous trees and power lines down along with damage to the siding and shingles of some houses.

The weather service also issued a flash flood warning for D.C. and eastern Montgomery County that will remain until 8:30 p.m.

Much of the D.C. region is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

The weather service asked that residents stay alert to current weather conditions in their areas and to be ready to respond if hazardous conditions form.

Several tornado warnings were issued in Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and Prince George’s counties Thursday afternoon. The weather service reported seeing storm systems that were generating the rotating air currents needed to form a tornado in those areas.

Storm Team 4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said the threat for serious storms would not diminish until after sunset.

“The main trigger for these storms is a strong cold front that is not likely to arrive until sometime around noon on Friday,” said Storm Team 4 meteorologist Chuck Bell.

He said that makes timing out the storm chances a little tricky and could help to keep the storms going well after sunset.

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Majorca suffers severe damage after ‘golf ball’ hail and tornado sweep island #Hailstorm #Tornado #Majorca #Spain

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A violent storm and tornado have swept across Majorca, leaving a trail of destruction across the tourist hotspot in its wake.

Giant hailstones measuring up to two centimetres pelted down on the island mid-morning, bringing down hundreds of trees and causing power outages, after the storm arrived in the town of Banyalbufar on Saturday, August 29.

The damage was of such high magnitude it left Banyalbufar’s council considering whether to declare a “disaster area”.

The mayor, Mateu Ferra, expressed his concerns, saying the landscape “will take years to recover”.

He added that while there were no serious injuries, many residents “are going to need help”.

Several witnesses captured and shared footage of the storm on social media.

Some mentioned that hail the size of golf balls fell from the sky.

Motorists said strong gusts of wind had caused pine trees to fall and block the roads, preventing them from advancing.

A couple of elderly people and their daughter had to be rescued after after a fallen pine tree left them trapped inside their home, according to the Civil Guard.

Majorca firefighters, Civil Guard teams with Special Mountain Intervention Rescue Groups went to the disaster area and are still working to quantify the extent of the damage, a process which Ferra claims will be “endless”.

Hundreds of people have been left with no fresh water, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.

Community manager of electric company Endesa, Magdalena Frau, says staff have been working non-stop since noon on Saturday to restore electricity supplies through alternative routes.

The company has been forced to install temporary generators in the area. but locals still remain without Internet service and telephone coverage.

Frau explained it could take some time for normal services to resume due to the damage caused to the lines.

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Tornado rips through Morphett Vale in Adelaide, Australia damaging homes and powerlines #Tornado #MorphettVale #Adelaide #Australia

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The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed a tornado hit an Adelaide suburb last night, damaging several homes and bringing down branches and powerlines.

The State Emergency Service (SES) said at least seven properties were damaged on Diamond Street at Morphett Vale in Adelaide’s south amid strong winds.

A car was also damaged as heavy rain lashed the area.

One resident, Paul, whose house was severely damaged, said he was sitting down to watch a movie when the strong winds seemingly came from nowhere.

“We were just about to pick a movie … then ‘whoosh, whoosh’, three flashes, the loudest bang, then a massive yellow explosion,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.

“I’ve never seen anything like this … really freaky stuff. Like, where did that come from?”

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) duty forecaster Bonnie Haselgrove said wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour lashed the state yesterday, with Morphett Vale the worst-affected area.

“We’re going to be going back through our radar data today.”

The BOM later confirmed the cause of the damage as a tornado.

The last time Adelaide experienced a tornado was at the end of May this year.

“Tornados aren’t as uncommon as one would think, in the Adelaide area we probably get one or two a year,” duty forecaster Mark Anolak said.

“With these vigorous cold fronts, it’s quite likely there would have been more tornados somewhere across the state yesterday.”

Steven Laidlaw’s home was one the hardest hit, with the storm damaging his roof and fence as tree branches fell into his front garden.

“It was like a huge explosion, a big ‘crack, bang’ — I presume it was the power lines going out that made the noise. It was very frightening,” Mr Laidlaw said.

“I wondered what the hell had happened … and this huge tree has come down.

“It was like an aircraft going over, I thought a comet went over or something like that.

It took crews more than five hours to clean up the damage and debris.

Heavy rainfall has been widely recorded across South Australia, with falls of more than 30 millimetres in the Adelaide Hills in the 24 hours to 9:00am.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds remains in place for parts of the state.

Showers and winds are forecast to ease across Adelaide today, but more showers and chilly daytime temperatures will return over the next few days.

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Tornado Leaves 16 Injured, Over 800 Evacuated in Santa Catarina State, Brazil #Tornado #SantaCatarina #Brazil

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A tornado hit the state of Santa Catarina on Friday, August 14th, and left a trail of destruction in at least six municipalities. According to preliminary information from the Civil Defense, there are 16 injured, 830 people displaced and 115 homeless.

According to the Civil Defense, 4,245 housing units were affected, as well as 65 private and 40 other public facilities. Over five percent of the consumer units were without electricity.

In Água Doce, 700 properties had their roofs blown off by the wind and another 25 houses were destroyed.

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