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National Weather Service confirms 9 tornadoes & 1 waterspout in US Northeast

This home in Levittown, New York was damaged
This home in Levittown, New York was damaged in Saturday’s tornado touch-down.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that 9 tornadoes touched down across portions of New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island on Saturday while a waterspout was observed off the Jersey Shore as severe weather moved through the region. Since 1950, there was never a tornado recorded in Connecticut or Rhode Island in the month of November; 2021 clearly shatters that record.

The National Weather Service uses the Enhanced Fujita Scale to classify tornadoes. Weak tornadoes of 65-85 mph are rated EF-0 while weak tornadoes with winds of 86-110 mph are considered EF-1. A EF-2 with 111-135 mph is considered strong, while an EF-3 with winds of 136-165 mph is also considered strong. EF-4 and EF-5 rated tornadoes are considered violent; EF-4 has winds of 166-200 mph while EF-5 has winds in excess of 200 mph.

Comment: Storm surveys confirm 3 tornadoes touched down on Long Island: National Weather Service

Cloud Precipitation

British Columbia battles floods, mudslides, evacuations as storm wreaks havoc

Flooding has left dozens of communities reeling across the province after massive dumps of rain swamped neighbourhoods, including the entire City of Merritt

Comment: Entire city of Merritt in British Columbia forced to evacuate due to flooding

Cloud Precipitation

Entire city of Merritt in British Columbia forced to evacuate due to flooding

Flooding in Merritt B.C., early in the morning of
© Brodie McDonald
Flooding in Merritt B.C., early in the morning of November 15, 2021.
Flooding has forced the evacuation of the entire community of Merritt, B.C.

On Monday morning, the city announced an evacuation order had been issued.

Residents were being asked to stay with friends or family if possible, or to go to the Emergency Social Support reception centres in Kamloops and Kelowna.

"The flood waters have now inundated two bridges across the Coldwater River, and flood waters prevent access to the third," the city said in a statement.

"High flood waters have rendered the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant inoperable for an indefinite period. Continued habitation of the community without sanitary services presents risk of mass sewage back-up and personal health risk."

Cloud Precipitation

Strong hailstorm leaves behind thick covering of hail in Puebla, Mexico

A strong hailstorm painted the center of the city of Puebla white this Sunday night. In addition to the rain and some electric shocks, the state capital experienced a hailstorm in different parts of the city. The images of the natural phenomenon went viral on social networks.

Fortunately, so far no victims have been registered from this natural phenomenon. The entity's authorities have announced that the rains and electric shocks will continue during these days.

In addition to asking for precautions when driving, the Puebla authorities announced that the low temperatures will continue, so they asked citizens to take precautions when leaving , when driving and also keep warm at all times. Along with Puebla , the north of the state of Tlaxcala has also been affected by inclement weather.

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Major flooding brings evacuations to RV parks in Oregon Coast, Lincoln City, Otis

U.S. Coast Guard Evacuates Flooded RV Park at Oregon Coast
U.S. Coast Guard evacuates flooded RV park at Oregon Coast
Downpours across northwestern Oregon, particularly in coastal communities in Lincoln and Tillamook counties, saw severe flooding Friday. Swollen rivers blocked roadways, threatened homes and trapped people.

At least two RV parks — one in Neskowin and one in Otis — were flooded and evacuated Friday morning. U.S. Highway 101 is seeing slow travel due to high water.

High water prompted the closure of Highway 18 at milepost 1, near the interchange with Highway 101 outside Otis.

Numerous rivers and creeks reached minor flood stage on the northern Coast, including the Siletz, Nestucca, Salmon, Trask and Wilson rivers. The rivers appeared likely to crest Friday afternoon before dropping Friday night and Saturday, according to National Weather Service river gauges.

NWS said that in the past 24 hours, Tillamook and Lincoln counties have received between 2.77 and 4.04 inches of rain.

Ice Cube

Over 20 vessels either stuck or struggling to make it through in increasingly thick sea-ice on the Northern Sea Route

Sea-ice on the Northern Sea Route in the period 31st of October - 2nd of November.

Sea-ice on the Northern Sea Route in the period 31st of October - 2nd of November.
More than 20 vessels are either stuck or struggling to make it through increasingly thick sea-ice on the Northern Sea Route.

Over the past years, shipping along the Russian northern coast has proceeded rather smoothly in late October and early November. But not this year. Large parts of the remote Arctic waters were in late October covered by sea-ice. And the white sheet is quickly getting thicker and harder to navigate.

Ice maps show that major parts of the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea are covered by sea-ice that is more than 15 cm thick. In the eastern parts of the East Siberian Sea are areas with up to 70 cm thick one-year ice, as well as 2 meter thick multi-year ice.

Among the ships that now are located on the eastern part of the route are two oil tankers and a significant number of bulk carriers. Among the latter are three ships bringing iron ore from the Canadian Milne Island to China, and two vessels carrying iron ore from Murmansk.

The tankers Andrei Pervozvanny and Vladimir Rusanov have delivered oil in Pevek, the remote town on the coast of the Chukotka Peninsula. Another four vessels are still moored in Pevek and could get troubles when leaving the remote port.


Storm surveys confirm 3 tornadoes touched down on Long Island: National Weather Service

The National Weather Service confirmed a third tornado touched down briefly on Long Island Saturday after conducting storm damage surveys in Nassau and Suffolk County Sunday.

The strongest tornado, an EF-1 touched down in Shirley and Manorville.

They say the first report of a touchdown was in Woodmere, where several trees and powerlines were down.

From there, the EF-0 tornado lifted and skipped in a few locations as it traveled northeast toward Hempstead, Uniondale and Levittown.

According to the NWS, the tornado touched down again in Uniondale, where it tore the roof off a two-story colonial building on Liberty Street, which landed on a nearby house.

Comment: Waterspout filmed off New Jersey coast amid northeast tornado warnings

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstones as big as cricket balls pound Lydenburg, South Africa

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a warning for severe thunderstorms with strong, damaging winds and hail in places along the escarpment and Lowveld areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo regarding this afternoon and early evening.

A massive hailstorm across Lydenburg, including the Badfontein Road, Dullstroom Road (R36) and the Burgersfort Road (R37), resulted in severe property and vehicle damage early this afternoon (Sunday November 14).

Home windows and skylights were shattered.


Spring snowfall hits Tasmania, Australia with up to 30 cms of snow - Hobart shivers through coldest November night in 68 years

Neika in the foothills of kunanyi/Mount Wellington was blanketed in snow.
© Annie Robson
Neika in the foothills of kunanyi/Mount Wellington was blanketed in snow.
Tasmanians in some parts of the state have woken to snow-blanketed yards as a late spring cold snap caused snow to fall as low as 200 metres.

Data from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) shows the temperature in Hobart fell to 2.9 degrees Celsius overnight — which would make it the city's coldest November night since 1953.

The BOM's Luke Johnston said up to 30 centimetres of snow fell about the Western and Central Plateau districts, and there were also falls in the north-east highlands.

Launceston recorded an overnight minimum of 2C, while the mercury dropped to 1C in the Northern Midlands town of Cressy.

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1 dead, many rescued after floods in Sardinia, Italy following 4 inches of rain in just 4 hours

Heavy rain of over 100 mm in 4 hours caused flooding in Sardinia, the Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. At least 1 person has died and several injured.

As of 15 November, 2021, the worst of the flooding occurred in the south of the island, including the capital, Cagliari, and the communes of Villa San Pietro and Sant'Anna Arresi. Some roads have also been closed in northern areas of the island.

Italy's fire service Vigili del Fuoco teams carried out 85 interventions in Cagliari, mostly for draining flood water, removal of debris from roads and the rescue of people in difficulty. Mayor of the city, Paolo Truzzu, said 104 mm of rain fell in just 4 hours. All schools, parks, sports facilities, libraries and museums along with several roads have been closed.