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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

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

Severe storms and rain kill eight in South China

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Severe storms accompanied by heavy rains in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China have wreaked havoc during the last few days. According to media reports, eight people have died in the incident, while three are missing. Out of the eight dead two were struck by lightning, one person died due to wall collapse and the rest died of drowning.
Around 7, 88,900 people have been affected across the region, including 11, 200 evacuated people.  Several hectares of crops have also been damaged in the storm. The storms have caused an estimated loss of about $68 million.
There was huge traffic disruption on Tuesday as 16 main roads had been impassable but traffic on 7 of the main roads had been restored by 4 pm local time. According to National Meteorological Center, it issued a storm alert for southern China on Sunday.
The outlook for the next few days is also not promising as heavy downpour is expected across parts of Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Hubei and Anhui provinces, including Guangxi. Heavy rains are also expected across the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, which include Shanghai and the provinces of Hubei, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan and Guizhou.
Courtesy of skymetweather.com

Severe storms bring hail, lightning, damaging winds to South Plains, USA

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Two areas of severe thunderstorms developed across the KCBD Viewing Area Wednesday evening and produced large hail, dangerous lightning and widespread damaging wind gusts.
Initially, scattered severe thunderstorms developed across the northern Rolling Plains. A severe thunderstorm produced hail up to the size of ping-pong balls and wind gusts to 60 MPH between Matador and of Cee Vee.
Severe storms bring wind damage to the south plains
Further west, a cluster of showers moved out of New Mexico and into the western South Plains before 5:30 PM. As showers moved eastward, showers encountered more energy in the atmosphere and became strong over Hockley County.
A 76 MPH wind gust was recorded at the West Texas Mesonet site near Levelland. An 82 MPH gust was recorded eight miles west-southwest of Sundown. Widespread wind gusts between 60 and 70 MPH were reported across the city of Lubbock.
These gusts downed large limbs, toppled neighborhood trees and turned lawn furniture into air-born missiles. As storms pushed eastward, power lines were downed near Posey; just southeast of Lubbock. Storms then organized into a large cluster and raced eastward, moving at nearly 60 MPH at times. More reports of gusty winds and hail were received from communities across the Rolling Plains between 8 and 10 PM.
Another round, or rounds, of inclement weather are expected late Friday through Sunday. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts as we approach our next potential round of severe weather.
Courtesy of kcbd.com

Severe storms causes major damage in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia

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Severe storms have hit through parts of New South Wales and Victoria, wreaking havoc and causing major damage to homes.
Two people were struck by lightning as severe thunderstorms swept through Sydney causing flight and traffic delays.
A man in his 20s was hit by lightning in Hazelbrook, in the Blue Mountains, and another person was struck in Cabramatta in Sydney’s southwest, an ambulance spokeswoman said.
Both relatively minor cases came after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning yesterday afternoon for areas near Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park and Richmond.
The bureau warned the storm was moving towards the northeast and was forecast to hit Hornsby, Sydney city, the Harbour Bridge and the northern beaches.
Thousands of homes in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Southern Highlands and western Sydney regions were left without power.
Lightning strikes captured from a reader's balcony. (Elizabeth Johnstone)
Around three quarters of the state’s fire and rescue crews are responding to more than 80 storm-related incidents across the Sydney metro area, including trees and powerlines being down and flooding.
It took 20 firefighters around two hours to put out a fire at an electrical substation in the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont.
In Victoria’s northwest, a storm brought down trees and damaged roofs, with the State Emergency Service receiving more than 100 calls for help.
The Mildura area was the hardest hit, but there were no major emergencies.
“We’ve got 20 outstanding calls in Mildura and we’ve had 40 all up there throughout the day,” SES spokesman Stefan Delatovic said.
Fire crews working to contain the sub-station fire in Pyrmont. (Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW)
“We’ve had 120 calls all up across the state since the winds picked up.”
Mr Delatovic said requests were mostly for fallen trees and minor roof damage.
“There has been nothing serious, thankfully,” he said.
However, SES volunteers are on alert in case the storm causes further damage as it rolls across the state.

Severe hailstorms and damaging winds cause mayhem in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA

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Severe storms rumbled through northern Minnesota and into Wisconsin early Thursday, leaving reports of damage in their wake.
A cluster of strong storms that developed in North Dakota late Wednesday night/early Thursday pushed through a swath of counties in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin early Thursday. Most of the reports were of large hail, including some that measured up to 3″ in New York Mills. Other areas reported hail in the 1″-2″ range.
The same storms produce high winds in northern Todd County in central Minnesota. Numerous trees and power lines are down in and around Staples, MN. Wind gusts were measured of 62-79 mph in Staples. Todd County Sheriff Don Asmus says lots of power lines and trees are down, but authorities are not hearing of any major structure damage. Asmus said the northern third of the county took the biggest hit, especially Staples, Hewitt and Motley.
Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples Closed today due to a power outage.
Crow Wing Power’s Jolene Jensen says they have 7-thousand customers without power from this morning’s storms. Jensen says the storm hit the Brainerd area around 5:30 a.m. with strong winds and heavy rain. Crow Wing Power has two substations that are off line. All available crews are out working and they have called in contract crews to help. Jensen did not have an estimate as far as when power might be restored.
In western Wisconsin residents are also reporting major power outages and trees down. In Polk County, Sheriff Pete Johnson says those trees number in the 100s in and around the town of Luck. In Burnett County hail larger than a golf ball was reported.
Those powerful storms fired along a warm front that stretched across North Dakota into northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. South of that front dew points are near 70 degrees, quite humid for September. The same frontal boundary spawned storms Wednesday that produced large hail around Chisago City and west of the Twin Cities.

Severe thunderstorms, lightning and rare funnel clouds hit Newfoundland

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Environment Canada meteorologists are following a series of severe thunderstorms producing penny sized hail and heavy rainfall in Newfoundland.
The storm is impacting the St. John’s metro area and should continue to do so for the next hour.
Warnings were issued for St. John’s, the Avalon Peninsula North, Avalon Peninsula Southeast, Avalon Peninsula Southwest — where EC warned of “severe thunderstorms capable of strong wind gusts, dime to ping pong sized hail, and heavy rains,” Saturday.
“Doppler radar indicates that some of theses cells appear to have embedded rotation,” added the agency. “In addition, potentially damaging winds up to 80 km/h with heavy rain giving amounts in excess of 20 mm and large hail may be associated with these storms.” 
“St. John’s typically sees less than five thunderstorm days per year, and severe thunderstorm warnings for the area are quite rare,” explained Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton. “The marine climate normally inhibits severe storms, but occasionally the atmosphere can  become unstable over Newfoundland which would favour convective activity.” 
And in a relatively rare event, residents of Mt. Pearl reported spotting a funnel cloud Saturday afternoon. Check out the stunning images below.
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Stunning shot of a funnel cloud above Paradise
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The chairlift at Marble Mountain. Really shows the destructive power of lightning

Severe storms cause 14-car crash, strand cyclists in San Bernardino, USA

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A band of severe storms in the San Bernardino County area led to a 14-car crash on Interstate 40 and left dozens of cyclists stranded on an 8,400-foot-high peak, authorities said.
A series of wind gusts created a dust storm along a stretch of Interstate 40 near Newberry Springs at 10:18 a.m., leading 10 tractor-trailers and four passenger cars to collide there, said Capt. John Wilkins, public information officer for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
“It literally went to zero visibility, units on scene couldn’t see each other once they arrived,” he said.
Nine people were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, and a stretch of I-40 was shut down for nearly two hours, Wilkins said.
Two hours later, a group of about 40 cyclists competing in the Tour de Big Bear became trapped on the Onyx Summit, an 8,443-foot peak, when a storm band came  through the area around 12:30 p.m., Wilkins said.
Riders complained of hypothermia and severe cramping, but rescue teams were able to transport them back to the starting line.
No one was seriously hurt or hospitalized, and roughly 2,000 riders completed the course, Wilkins said.

Unseasonable Polar Vortex to Trigger USA Midwest Storms & Colder

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Rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather, will affect the Midwest this weekend into Monday, ahead of a push of unseasonably cool air.

While the effect of the July sun and warm landscape will cancel some of the cool air, it will become surprisingly cool during what is typically the hottest time of the year.


According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Carl Erickson, “The pattern is reminiscent of a major polar plunge that occurred this past winter, which was referred to as the Polar Vortex.”

A piece of the Polar Vortex, and a summertime version at that will break off from the Arctic and drop southward this coming week.

The pattern will not bring snow or sub-zero cold but it will bring angry clouds, cool air and the risk of waterspouts over the warmer portions of Great Lakes.

The pattern will deliver multiple days with high temperatures in the lower 70s in Chicago and Detroit and even a day or two with highs in the 60s in Minneapolis and other parts of the Upper Midwest.

For fans heading to the All-Star Game at Minneapolis, the it may seem more like football weather. Jackets and long sleeves may be needed by many fans to stay comfortable.

At night, temperatures could challenge record lows from the Midwest. Temperatures will drop into the 50s at night in many cities and will dip into the 40s in some of the suburbs and rural areas.


The cooler air will move in aloft before reaching ground level. As this happens, an unstable atmosphere will trigger episodes of thunderstorms, some of which will be severe in parts of the region.

The first episode will fire over portions of the northern and central Plains to the Upper Midwest into Friday.

On Friday, the storms in parts of eastern Wyoming and from northeastern Colorado to Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota will bring the potential for damaging wind gusts and large hail.

On Saturday, the severe weather threat will shift eastward and southward over the Central states. The storms are forecast to extend across portions of Iowa, Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Once again, the major threats will be damaging wind gusts and hail.

The severe storms spanning Saturday into Sunday could reach the metro areas of Omaha, Nebraska, Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago, and Detroit with the risks of power outages, property damage and travel disruptions.

Storms packing gusty winds, hail and locally heavy rain will also target areas from Montana to Wyoming, Colorado and the Nebraska Panhandle on Saturday.

Sunday and Monday, the threat of severe weather will continue in portions of the Ohio Valley and will ramp up in the Northeast. The greatest threats these days will be damaging wind gusts, flash flooding and frequent lightning strikes.

After the cool air takes root in the Midwest during the early and middle portion of next week,waterspouts will be a threat to boaters, fishing and beach interests over the southern portion of the Great Lakes.

Major power outages to over 69,000 people as severe storms causes devastation in Kansas, USA

A tree fell over in Cathy Breithaupt's yard in Rantoul, KS. (Submitted photo)
Thousands of people across the metro are in the dark after severe storms pounded the metro overnight.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, KCP&L said they currently have about 8,800 customers remaining without power.

During the span of the storm, KCP&L had about 69,000 customers without power. High winds in excess of 50 mph and wind gusts as high as 70 mph, as well as lightning, were the major causes of the outages.

Some of the most affected areas are Paola, Liberty and just south of Raytown.

“We have called in all our available linemen and tree crews including our contract crews and are working to restore our customers as quickly and safely as possible. However the lingering storms from this morning and the fact that the storm hit during the night may impact restoration times,” KCP&L said on their website.

A tree is down in a yard in Sugar Creek.