Severe weather

Southern Britain hit by Storm "Imogen"

Storm "Imogen" hit southern Britain with heavy rainfall and strong winds on February 8, 2016. Thousands of households reported power loss across the affected areas, and major traffic disruptions and delays are in place. The Met Office has issued an amber...

February 08, 2016

Storm "Imogen" to bring very strong winds to southern Britain

UK Met Office warns a low pressure system, named Storm "Imogen," will bring some very strong winds across the southern parts of Britain on Monday, February 8, as it moves eastward. Imogen follows Storm "Henry," which ran close to the north of...

February 07, 2016

Torrential rainfalls trigger flooding and landslides in Ecuador

Torrential rainfall during late January 2016 triggered severe flooding and landslides in parts of Ecuador. 9 people have lost their lives in weather-related incidents, and numerous homes and infrastructure suffered extensive damage. The worst affected areas,...

February 04, 2016

Heavy flooding hits Tanzania

Heavy rainfalls that have been battering Tanzania since January 14, 2016, have caused flooding across a few regions of the country, including Morogoro, Katavi and Dar es Salaam. 6 people died on January 28 alone, in a flood-related incident, while thousands have...

February 03, 2016

Winter Storm "Kayla" buries Midwest in snow, triggers tornadoes in the South, US

Large snowstorm and blizzard conditions slammed parts of Midwest and South US on February 2, 2016, causing traffic disruptions and road closures. At least 8 tornadoes battered the region, leaving a trail of destruction across the states. Winter Storm...

February 03, 2016

Massive snowstorm hits Nova Scotia, Canada

A strong winter storm brought heavy snowfall to Nova Scotia, Canada on January 29, 2016. 30 000 residents were left without power by the afternoon hours of January 30 (local time), and it could take another day to restore the power in all the homes, according to...

January 30, 2016

Violent storms wreak havoc across parts of western Europe

Intense storms wreaked havoc across parts of Europe over the last couple of days. A cargo vessel got stranded in the Bay of Biscay and rescue teams have only been able to reach it on January 29. 22 crew members were successfully evacuated a few days earlier. Video...

January 30, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Stan" to hit Western Australia with destructive winds and heavy rainfall

Tropical Cyclone "Stan" formed in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Western Australia, on January 29, 2016. The system will reach Category 3 strength before making landfall between Wallal and Whim Creek on January 30. Some areas might experience dangerous...

January 29, 2016

An intense tornado touch down in central Florida, US

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed a tornado touch down event in Coconut Creek, Florida. The twister swept the area on January 27, 2016, according to media reports. Two people sustained injuries. Video credit: CBSN An intense storm brought heavy rainfalls...

January 28, 2016

Remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" bring coastal flooding and strong winds to parts of Ireland

The remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" which wreaked havoc across the US East Coast have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and slammed into Ireland on January 26, 2016. The strong Atlantic low brought rainstorms accompanied with strong gales and caused coastal...

January 26, 2016

Blizzard 2016 claims at least 30 lives across the US East Coast

Although the massive Winter Storm "Jonas", that was battering the US East Coast since January 23, 2016, is now over, its effects are still felt. Some areas are still buried under large amounts of snow, and residents are unable to leave their homes. At...

January 25, 2016

Extremely cold air mass brings heavy snowfall to Japan, China and Taiwan

An extremely cold weather system brought chilly temperatures and record amounts of snowfall across parts of China, Taiwan and Japan over the weekend of January 23, 2016. 2 people died and Japan and 85 in Taiwan due to severe weather conditions. Record-breaking...

January 25, 2016

Major to historic winter storm impacts the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US

A major winter storm, known as Winter Storm "Jonas" and Blizzard 2016, hit the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, US, with heavy snowfall, blizzard and high winds on the morning of January 23, 2016. 9 people died so far in the weather-related incidents across the...

January 23, 2016

Severe thunderstorm batters parts of Australia

A severe thunderstorm accompanied with heavy rainfall hit parts of South Australia and New South Wales on the afternoon of January 22, 2016. One person died after being struck by a lightning and residents have been warned on remain on high alert. Severe weather...

January 22, 2016

90% of China suffers extremely cold conditions

An intense spell of cold weather wrapped north and east China over the last week. Temperatures have dropped to the lowest point in the last 30 years, according to media reports. Extremely cold and frosty conditions have hit 90% of China. In Harbin, the northern...

January 22, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Corentin" forms in the central Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Corentin" formed south of Diego Garcia in the central Indian Ocean on January 21, 2016. The system is currently intensifying and will reach the Category 2 hurricane status over the next two days. It is expected to remain away from the...

January 22, 2016

Winter Storm "Jonas" to hit the US East Coast with heavy snowfall and strong winds, coastal flooding possible

Winter Storm "Jonas" is expected to hit parts of the US East Coast on January 22, 2016. The storm will continue throughout the coming weekend, bringing heavy snowfall and major ice accumulations accompanied with strong winds. Coastal flooding along some...

January 21, 2016

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Victor" affects Cook Islands with rainfall, winds and rough seas

Tropical Cyclone "Victor" formed in the South Pacific Ocean on January 14 and is now equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. The system is not expected to hit the Cook Islands directly, but its effect will nevertheless be...

January 19, 2016

Powerful snowstorm causes major traffic disruptions in Japan

A powerful low pressure field brought heavy snowfall across parts of Japan on January 17 and 18, 2016. Extreme weather conditions caused widespread traffic chaos, and at least 250 people reported injuries while 10 000 were advised to evacuate Nemuro region on...

January 19, 2016

Europe wrapped in a snow blanket as winter finally sets in

A large part of Europe experienced heavy snowfall in the period between January 15 and 18, 2016. Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic were almost entirely wrapped in a snow blanket while Turkey and Greece also reported intense snowstorms. New snow fell across...

January 18, 2016

Intense thunderstorm spawns 3 tornadoes and a meteotsunami in Florida, US

Intense thunderstorms wreaked havoc across Florida in the early morning hours of January 17, 2016 (local time). A powerful storm spawned three confirmed tornadoes and a meteotsunami, bringing widespread coastal flooding and inflicting major damage to the affected...

January 18, 2016

Severe erosion devastates the beach in Hallands overnight, UK

Series of damaging storms that battered the UK over the last few weeks triggered a rapid erosion of the beaches along Devonshire coast. The beach in Hallands disappeared overnight as thousands of tons of sand, and small pebbles were washed away, leaving behind only...

January 16, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Victor" developed in the South Pacific Ocean

A new tropical cyclone has formed in the South Pacific Ocean at 21:00 UTC on January 14, 2016. By 09:00 UTC on January 15, the tropical depression (7P) strengthened into a tropical storm and was named Victor. The system is expected to keep intensifying over the next...

January 15, 2016

Fierce storm knocks power lines and damages buildings in Sydney, Australia

A fierce storm hit Sydney, Australia on January 14, 2016. Powerful winds knocked down power lines, damaged buildings and caused traffic disruptions across the affected areas. One person died and another suffered serious injuries in a weather-related incident. A...

January 14, 2016

Hurricane "Alex" becomes the strongest January hurricane in Atlantic since records began in 1851

Subtropical Storm "Alex" formed in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean at 21:00 UTC on January 13, 2016, and intensified into a hurricane at 15:00 UTC on January 14. The occurrence of the system during this time of the year is very unusual, as only four known...

January 14, 2016

Dust storm wraps Melbourne causing major power outages, Australia

An intense thunderstorm accompanied with strong winds and dust passed through Melbourne on January 13, 2016. The storm covered the city in a cloud of dust which lasted about 10 to 20 minutes, reducing visibility in the area. Power outages and damaged buildings have...

January 14, 2016

Hurricane "Pali" becomes record-breaking

At 03:00 UTC on January 12, Tropical Storm "Pali", which formed on January 8, reached hurricane strength and thus became the earliest hurricane on record in the central Pacific basin, far to the southwest of Hawaii. "After exhibiting a rather...

January 12, 2016

Heavy snowfall causing major traffic troubles in Finland

Heavy snowfall blanketed parts of Finland on January 12, 2016. Huge amounts of snow, blizzard conditions and cold temperatures caused traffic disruptions, closures and delays across the country. The large snowstorm that hit southern and central Finland caused...

January 12, 2016

The strongest tornado in the last 60 years strikes Cape Coral, Florida

A violent tornado swept the grounds of Cape Coral in southwest Florida on January 9, 2016. An unprecedented tornado devastated the area leaving hundreds homeless. Luckily, no deaths or severe injuries were reported. The tornado touched the ground at 6:45 pm (local...

January 11, 2016

After record breaking heat, severe hailstorm pounds South Africa

An intense hailstorm hit Johannesburg, South Africa, on January 9, 2016, covering the grounds with a thick snow like layer, a sight quite unusual for the summer period. An outbreak of severe weather led to the collapse of a shopping center in Johannesburg suburb....

January 10, 2016

Subtropical storm developing in the Atlantic

An extratropical low pressure system developed in the Atlantic, north of Bermuda on January 8, 2016. There are chances the system could intensify into a tropical storm during the next week. Regardless of the development, it will produce dangerous marine conditions...

January 09, 2016

Tropical Storm "Pali" - the 2016 hurricane season arrives 5 months ahead of usual

The 2016 hurricane season seems to have arrived five months ahead of usual. The first Tropical Depression "1C" developed in the central Pacific southwest of Hawaii on January 7, 2016 (UTC) and strengthened into a tropical storm by the next day. Tropical...

January 09, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Ula" intensifying east of Noumea, New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone "Ula", formed on December 30, 2015, intensified on January 7 after moving away from Fiji in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The system is expected to reach its second peak by January 10 while staying east of Noumea, New Caledonia and then turn...

January 09, 2016

Heavy flooding affects drought-stricken California

Strong thunderstorms battered southern California since January 5, 2016. Heavy rainfalls, thought to be fueled by the El Niño phenomena, inundated streets and caused streams to overflow, disrupting traffic across the affected areas. Another strong storm is on...

January 07, 2016

Slow-moving low pressure system floods New South Wales, Australia

A slow-moving low pressure system near Port Stephens (Hunter Region), New South Wales, Australia produced very heavy rain between January 5 and 6, 2016, causing both riverine and flash flooding from the Central Coast to the Mid North Coast. The severe weather has...

January 06, 2016