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Violent storm damages homes and topples trees in Nebraska, USA

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Melanie Kelsay wasn’t sure what caused the loud noise that shook her house and woke her up early Thursday.
Kelsay, 36, said it sounded like a semitrailer truck had hit the house — but then, she said, “I thought it was a tornado, so I woke everyone up and we went to the basement.”
It wasn’t a tornado, but a storm packing high winds, heavy rain and hail blew through the southeast Nebraska town of about 1,500 people around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. It took down trees and branches, knocked out power, plugged storm drains and damaged homes and buildings, said Mark Meints, assistant fire chief for the Wymore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
“It left a path right through the middle of town,” he said.
After speaking with Wymore town officials and reviewing radar data, officials with the National Weather Service office in Valley said they had determined that the damage was caused by 80-plus mph winds from a microburst.
Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the weather service, said a microburst occurs when a storm collapses, hits the ground and then spreads quickly. 
Toss in pea- to dime-size hail and heavy rain, she said, and severe damage will result.
Meints said hail piled up about 2 inches deep in most parts of town. 
Firefighters, he said, were unplugging storm drains early Thursday.
No injuries were reported.
City crews worked after the storm blew through and had restored power to the town by late morning. The opening of school was delayed two hours.
Wymore Police Chief Jay Welch said the rain gauge at his house on the south end of town registered 1.8 inches. Some locations outside town received up to 2.5 inches, he said.
Elsewhere, the weather service issued a flood advisory for the east-central Nebraska counties of Hamilton, York and Merrick after the area received 1 to 3 inches of rain Wednesday night and early Thursday.
Omaha’s Eppley Airfield reported .13 of an inch of rain, while Offutt Air Force Base and Millard had .14, Valley .17 and Council Bluffs .11.
Beatrice, which is about 15 miles northwest of Wymore, reported 1.11 inches of rain.
The rain and hail early Thursday woke up Cari Emerson. She and her husband, Zack, went and checked on their daughters Marlee, 7, and Piper, 4. The “loud roaring” hadn’t awakened them.
Cari, 35, said she could feel pressure in the house and thought the windows would break, but she didn’t think it was a tornado, because Wymore’s sirens weren’t going off.
The Emersons’ mailbox ended up in the street after the storm, and a large tree branch took down part of their fence and smashed their car’s windshield.
Roger Davidson was in his yard Thursday, the day before his 77th birthday, picking up and raking piles of sticks. He already had a pickup bed full of branches. It could have been worse, Davidson said.
When Kelsay’s family came up out of the basement 10 minutes after hearing the big crash, she discovered that a large tree branch had slammed into the side of her two-story house.
Four men, one on the ground and three on the roof, were cutting up the branch Thursday.
Another large branch was lying in her yard.
“It was scary and loud — shook the whole house,” Kelsay said, “but at least no one got hurt.”
Courtesy of nptelegraph.com

Severe monsoon storm damage reported in Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix, USA

Mesa storm damage
(Photo: Parker Leavitt/The Republic)
Thunderstorms moved into the Phoenix area on Saturday evening, causing damage across the East Valley.
Chandler and Guadalupe saw the most severe storms. Crews were working to clean up downed trees from roads in Chandler, especially near Desert Breeze Park.
In Mesa, about 13,000 people were without power for several hours, according to Salt River Project. Since a number of storms came into the area all at once, multiple electrical systems were affected.
In addition to the power outages, electrical poles were downed near Southern Avenue and Stapley Drive. SRP was working to restore power to customers on Saturday night.
By Sunday at 9:50 a.m., about 450 customers were still without power. Projected restoration times spanned from one to 15 hours.
“We’re anxious to get power to those affected as quickly as possible,” said SRP spokesperson Kathleen Mascarenas.
Charlotte Dewey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, reported that Saturday evening’s thunderstorms were consistent of monsoon season weather. Isolated showers and damaging downbursts weren’t widespread and largely stayed in the East Valley.
The forecast for Sunday and the first few days of the week calls for high temperatures around 105 degrees and low temperatures in the mid-to-low 80’s.
The chance of rain will drop to about 10 percent, and if any storms come into the area Sunday it will be in the late afternoon.
Chances of thunderstorms are expected to decrease gradually through the week, though high-terrain areas in the east have a higher likelihood of rainfall.
Courtesy of azcentral.com

Tropical Storm Goni Remains on Track to Pass Between Rota & Tinian Early Sunday Morning

Tropical Storm Goni Remains on Track to Pass Between Rota & Tinian Early Sunday Morning
Tropical storm Goni has maintained it’s intensity and has remained on a track that should take it somewhere between Rota and Tinian early Sunday Morning. It is not expected to become a typhoon until after it leaves the Marianas
Tropical storm Goni remains on a track that will take it North of Rota and South of Tinian in the early morning hours of Sunday.
According to the National Weather Service’s Sat. 11pm public advisory the storm has maintained it’s strength at 50mph and it’s not expected to become a typhoon until after it leaves the Marianas. It is moving Northwest at 6mph and is expected to continue this direction through Sunday night. At 10pm it was located at 14.4 degrees North latitude and 145.8 degrees East longitude. Guam remains in COR2 and a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Guam Rota Tinian and Saipan. A typhoon watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan.
Courtesy of pacificnewscenter.com

Severe thunderstorm with heavy rain and damaging winds causes mayhem to parts of western Nebraska, USA

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A severe thunderstorm packing heavy rain and damaging winds raced through parts of western Nebraska Thursday night.
Residents and city officials in North Platte and other communities reported downed trees, power outages and rain runoff that accumulated more than axle deep in some spots on Thursday night.
The National Weather Service says nearly 1.4 inches of rain fell on North Platte in about 70 minutes.
Hail 2 inches in diameter was reported about 15 miles north of the city, and 1.5-inch hail was reported seven miles west of Thedford in Thomas County.
No injuries have been reported.
Courtesy of starherald.com

Super Typhoon Soudelor bears down on northeast Asia

Tropical storm Soudelor
An infrared image of Soudelor showing relative cloud temperatures

Super Typhoon Soudelor is barrelling towards Taiwan, Japan and China after leaving a trail of destruction in the Northern Marianas islands.

The cyclone has developed into the world’s most powerful storm of the year with wind gusts up to 220mph (354kph) that have ripped down telegraph poles and flipped over cars.

Typhoon Soudelor
Soudelor seen at peak intensity taken by Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite

A state of emergency has been declared on the islands where some 400 residents are sheltering in emergency accommodation after the storm tore roofs off homes and caused power cuts.

“I’ve seen multiple primary power poles down; I’ve seen cars flipped over the road; I’ve seen lots of torn roofs,” John Hirsh, from the American Red Cross in Saipan, told Pacific Daily News.

Waves up to 30ft (nine metres) high hit the island of Saipan according to the National Weather Service, and ten patients were being treated for cuts and bruises at the island’s Commonwealth health centre.

According to Cora Ada, a representative at the centre, the injuries were probably caused by falling debris but were not critical.

Saipan resident Jacquelyn Belk told Pacific Daily News: “The wind busted out my bedroom window and flooded the room. I was terrified that my shutters would break my sliding doors.

“I saw power lines down everywhere and trees blocking roads. Driving around was like a maze just trying to weave around fallen trees.”

Soudelor is forecast to surge west-northwest over the western Pacific Ocean during the next few days where it is expected to weaken before hitting Taiwan at the weekend.
State Of Emergency

Courtesy of Sky News


Severe storm causes mayhem in Chicago, USA

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Severe storms swept through the Chicago area Sunday afternoon and evening, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.
Officials from National Weather Service determined that damage in Grayslake was caused by a tornado.
The Grayslake fire chief confirms significant damage to the roof at Grayslake Central High School. The storm scattered drywall and other debris across the community and road signs were bent over.
A funnel cloud spotted north of Libertyville. (Credit: Lake County EMA)
A funnel cloud spotted north of Libertyville. (Credit: Lake County EMA)
Anthony Karla-Tiras, owner of Bake Sports & Grill in Grayslake, says he had about 24-26 customers when the storms came through Sunday evening and they all took shelter in the basement.
“It was almost like a war going on in the parking lot and then we saw the Warren Electric roof start flying all over, everywhere and now it is a disaster in the back of the building,” Karla-Tires said.
grayslake tree NWS Confirms Damage In Grayslake Caused By Tornado
At Annette Jones’ home, a tree was knocked down and took down a portion of the roof. She was in the basement at the time the winds blew through.
“Then it got really loud and I went upstairs and nobody was home and that’s when I realized what was going on because I never heard an alarm, I never heard anything,” Jones said.
Some neighbors say an emergency cell phone text alert was the only warning they received and that showed up minutes after the front rolled through.
CBS 2 has reached out to local police and fire fighters to find out what happened with the emergency sirens. We have not gotten a response.
There were no reports of injuries on Grayslake.
The roof of a business in Grayslake peeled off and ended up in the parking lot Bake's Bar and Grill. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)
The roof of a business in Grayslake peeled off and ended up in the parking lot Bake’s Bar and Grill. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)
In Wood Dale, one man was killed and more than a dozen others injured after high winds collapsed a tent at the Wood Dale Prairie Festival. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Steven Nincic.
The storms toppled trees in Rogers Park, with one tree crushing the roof of a car near Glenlake and Paulina. Another downed tree knocked out power to the intersection of Rockwell and Touhy.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation sent out more than 150 workers in response. There were more than 500 weather related emergency calls Sunday night.
Mayor Emanuel got a first-hand look at the damage on Lunt Avenue near Sheridan Road where a large sycamore tree fell, blocking the street.
Emanuel says they should have the entire neighborhood cleaned up by the end of the week.
“This type of damage is obviously quite severe when you can see a 50-year-old like this just totally roots and all uprooted,” he said. “I’ve been in touch with the governor personally, Senator Durbin, Senator Kirk and asking about a way to see if there’s a way to claim this area and areas that have been effected as disaster.”
Storm damage in Rogers Park. (Credit: Adam Davis.)
Storm damage in Rogers Park. (Credit: Adam Davis.)
In Rosemont, the storm ripped through the Dome at the Ballpark, which housed two softball fields.
A dome covering athletic fields in Rosemont collapses from the thunderstorms. (Credit: Doug Meffley)
A dome covering athletic fields in Rosemont collapses from the thunderstorms. (Credit: Doug Meffley)
As of 9:48 a.m., ComEd reports there were 16,000 customers still without power.
The storms also forced the Appaloosa music festival in Grant Park to evacuate for over an hour Sunday afternoon. The festival also ended a half hour early.
Courtesy of chicago.cbslocal.com

Tropical Storm Guillermo: ‘People should stay up to date and prepare’ in the Eastern Pacific towards Hawaii

Tropical Storm Guillermo continues to strengthen in the Eastern Pacific and maintain its course toward Hawaii. The cyclone is expected to build into a Category 1 hurricane today and maintain hurricane strength for several days before weakening back to a tropical storm on Tuesday.
But forecasters acknowledge the system has a lot of unknowns at this point. It could pass north of the state, bringing humidity reminiscent of tropical storms Ela and Enrique. It could hold its northwest track toward the island, or even weaken and veer south, said John Bravender, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Honolulu. The storm could also intensify beyond current projections.
“We don’t want people to focus on one particular solution,” Bravender said. “It has the potential to approach the state, and people should stay up to date and prepare.”
By Tuesday night, the system is expected to be about 500 miles east of the Big Island as a tropical storm circulating 65 mph winds. At that point, a forecast break in a high pressure ridge should have the system veering onto a more northwesterly tack away from the islands, National Weather Service forecasters in Florida say.
Located 1,955 miles east-southeast of Kailua-Kona, Guillermo is set to peak with 90 mph winds on Saturday and Sunday, with some weakening beginning Monday as the system moves into an area of increased wind shear and lower sea surface temperatures. The storm is traveling west-northwest at 13 mph, with tropical storm force winds extending 60 miles from the center.
Guillermo is traveling south of a subtropical ridge, and weather models show a break in the ridge developing in the next few days, allowing the storm to begin a slight northwestward turn about 800 miles east-southeast of Hilo on Sunday. The forecast track has the storm gradually slowing in forward speed in the beginning of the week.
Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Florida, cautioned that extended forecasts have a high degree of uncertainty.
“The track does appear to slow down on Monday and Tuesday, but we’ll have to see how that shakes out,” he said. “The message for Hawaii is there is no immediate cause for concern, but when a tropical cyclone is in that area, you don’t want to get caught off guard, and everyone should have a hurricane plan.”
Packing 45 mph winds, Guillermo is in a moist, unstable environment with 84 degree water conducive for development over the next several days. Forecasters with the NHC say the storm could go through a period of rapid intensification today. Satellite imagery shows bands of thunderstorms churning in the storm’s northern quadrant and entering the center from the west.
Guillermo is expected to enter the Central North Pacific basin on Saturday.
Tropical Depression Eight E became a remnant low overnight about 1,000 miles east of Hilo. The low was generating scattered thunderstorms at it moved west as 10 to 15 mph. The system is not expected to redevelop or have much effect on Hawaii.
Courtesy of westhawaiitoday.com

Tropical storm is moving much faster and is less than 700 miles east of Saipan

Storm Less Than 700 Miles East of Saipan
Tropical Storm Soudelor is coming closer to the Marianas faster than it did throughout the day. As of 7 PM (CHST), the system was about 690 miles east of Saipan and 775 miles away from Guam, moving at about 15 MPH.
Regarding the forecast track of the storm, the National Weather Service writes, “Soudelor is expected to move in a general west-northwest direction for the next few days on a track that would take it through the Northern Mariana Islands near Alamagan late Sunday night or early Monday morning.”
Tropical Storm Soudelor has maintained its Maximum Sustained Winds at 45 MPH today but is expected to gain strength for the next few days. It may become a typhoon late Saturday. As typhoon conditions are now possible within 48 hours for some of Marianas and CNMI, NWS issued Typhoon Watches for Agrihan, Pagan, Alamagan, Saipan, and Tinian.
Courtesy of pacificnewscenter.com

Heavy rain, high winds and hail blitz the Black Hills, USA

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Storms that raged through the Black Hills Monday afternoon and evening seemed to throw their biggest punches at the city of Custer.
At least a half-foot of hail accumulated there, making late July seem like mid-February.
Custer Mayor Jared Carson said snowplows and front-end loaders, a street sweeper and a vacuum truck were used to clear streets after the storm blitzed the city with mostly pea- and dime-sized hail for more than 30 minutes starting at about 5 p.m.
“The size of the hail wasn’t the issue,” Carson said. “It was the amount.”
In addition to coating Custer with hail, the series of severe storms pounded the Black Hills with torrential rain and high winds.
The series of storms deluged Rapid City late Monday afternoon, with the official mark of 0.74 inch of rain, eclipsing the old July 27 record of 0.63 inch in 1953, according to the National Weather Service.
Estimates of the depth of hailstones in Custer were 8 to 10 inches, compounded by more than two inches of rain that washed waves of hail into low-lying areas of downtown Custer, Carson said.
“The whole road was full (of hail),” said Dan Grapentine, assistant manager of Lynn’s DakotaMart on Mount Rushmore Road.
“When the plows got done, there were six-foot high piles of it,” he said.
Meteorologist Jeff Johnson of the National Weather Service in Rapid City said a cold front drove the intense storms across the state.
The National Weather Service received reports of 3 1/2-inch diameter hail southeast of Hill City at 5 p.m., with hail 1 3/4 inches in diameter reported in three locations: northwest of Mount Rushmore, west of Stoneville in Meade County and northeast of Galena in Lawrence County.
Johnson said meteorologists often can’t tell if a storm is packing small amounts of large-diameter hailstones, or massive quantities of small hail.
“Sometimes, that will show up on radar as the same thing,” he said.
Deb Wallenberg and Jim Understock could only watch as hail clogged street gutters in front of their business on Custer’s Main Street, Frontier Photo, forcing water into the building’s basement.
“The water had to go somewhere,” Wallenberg said.
Grapentine said heavy runoff also flooded the front of his store.
Friends brought shop vacuums to help Wallenberg and Understock clear about 6 inches of water from their basement.
Employees and shoppers armed with mops pitched in to help clear wet floors at DakotaMart, Grapentine said.  
“It was a little bit exciting yesterday,” Carson said in a Tuesday interview.
Wallenberg said they helped several motorcyclists roll their rides onto the sidewalk and park under awnings during the storm.
“I think they really appreciated that,” she said.
Black Hills residents may be getting accustomed to such calendar-defying events. Two weeks ago, a similar hailstorm made driving treacherous on U.S. Highway 16 south of Rapid City in the Rockerville area.
The Monday line of thunderstorms packed straight-line winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. The strongest gusts recorded by the National Weather Service included 73 mph blasts near Red Elm, in Ziebach County, at 7:48 p.m., and later east of Wanblee, in Jackson County, at 10:18 p.m.
The Rapid City Regional Airport recorded a 72 mph gust at 5:55 p.m. 
Wallenberg said unmelted piles of hail still remained behind her store Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s kind of funny,” she said. “It looks like snow.”
Courtesy of rapidcityjournal.com

Tornadoes rip through Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA

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The National Weather Service has confirmed two EF-1 tornadoes ripped through Tippecanoe County during Friday’s storms.
According to 24-Hour News 8 sister station, WLFI, Tippecanoe County Emergency Management and NWS Meteorologist Dan McCarthy spent Saturday morning accessing the damage caused by the storm. He said although the tornadoes’ paths were not very long, they produced wind speeds up to 100 mph.
“When a thunderstorm begins to put out its down drafts, the down drafts are so strong that when they intersect they do little spins,” said McCarthy. “Those little spins will be on the ground for the length of maybe three football fields to four football fields at the most, but can create a lot of damage.”
McCarthy says the tornadoes tore through southeastern portions of Tippecanoe County, and uprooted trees and damaged power lines. He said several homes experienced minor damage, but two garages were heavily affected by the storm.
Tippecanoe County EMA director Smokey Anderson said areas along Newcastle Road and in the Meadow Ridge Subdivision were some of the hardest hit areas, but he said there were no major injuries.
However, Anderson said crews are still working to clean up debris and advises drivers to be cautious if they are driving through areas with storm damage.
Courtesy of wishtv.com