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Cyclone Freddy flooded 3 African countries, killed 579

Malawi (pictured above) and Mozambique were devastated by the Cyclone Freddy, which lasted at least 36 days and made landfall twice in Mozambique.
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Malawi (pictured above) and Mozambique were devastated by the Cyclone Freddy, which lasted at least 36 days and made landfall twice in Mozambique.
Tropical Cyclone Freddy is a record-breaking storm that has astonished meteorologists with its longevity. As part of its final act, the cyclone unleashed destructive floods and landslides on the southern African countries of Malawi and Mozambique and the island nation of Madagascar off Africa's southeastern coast.

After a record-breaking rampage, Freddy has caused 579 deaths in the three countries. Malawi was hit the hardest with at least 476 victims and nearly half a million people displaced.

"In the face of crisis and chaos, it is children who are the most vulnerable," said Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF's regional director for East and Southern Africa.

In Malawi more than 490,000 primary and secondary school-aged children are unable to attend school due to the damage caused by Cyclone Freddy, the nonprofit Save the Children says. The government has closed all schools in the affected southern districts, as classrooms and toilets are unsafe as the result of heavy rains, floods and landslides due to Cyclone Freddy, which first made landfall in Malawi 10 days ago.

Comment: View also: Cyclone Freddy dumped 6 months worth of rain in 6 days on Malawi - 326 killed, 200 still missing and 500,000 affected


Tornado rips through Montebello, California damaging multiple buildings

A tornado ripped through parts of Montebello Wednesday morning, damaging multiple buildings.


Confirmed tornado damages mobile homes in Carpinteria, California


On Tuesday, a tornado struck a mobile home park in Carpinteria, damaging more than two dozen homes. No serious injuries were reported. MORE: https://abc7.com/landspout-montebello...

Cloud Precipitation

Brazil - Hundreds displaced after floods in northern states

Floods in Itupiranga, Pará, Brazil, March 2023.
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Floods in Itupiranga, Pará, Brazil, March 2023.
Thousands of people have evacuated their homes after flooding and landslides in several northern states of Brazil. At least 6 people have lost their lives in the state of Maranhão and 3 in the state of Ceará.


Authorities in the state of Maranhão report that multiple municipalities in the state have declared a state of emergency in response to the recent heavy rainfall. Around 800 households have been displaced. Federal and state governments are distributing relief supplies including mattresses and food, mostly in Pedreiras and Santa Luzia.

One of the hardest hit areas is the municipality of Santa Luzia, where 2 people died in a landslide. Firefighters and the Tactical Air Center (CTA) participated in an operation to provide assistance to the population. In Açailândia, a vehicle was swept away by the flood and three people died. Dam failures caused flooding in the municipalities of Barra do Corda and Santo Antônio dos Lopes.

Cloud Precipitation

More than 135,000 power outages reported in California after another atmospheric river brings heavy rain and hurricane-force winds

Houses sit partly underwater after the San Joaquin River flooded following rainstorms in Manteca, California on Sunday.
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Houses sit partly underwater after the San Joaquin River flooded following rainstorms in Manteca, California on Sunday.
More than 135,000 California homes and businesses were without power Wednesday morning after another atmospheric river walloped the storm-fatigued state with heavy rain and hurricane-force winds.

The storm's ferocious winds downed trees and damaged power lines across California, where at some point Tuesday most of the state's population - more than 35 million people - were under some kind of weather alert, including a brief tornado warning in Ventura County.

Utility company Pacific Gas and Electric said the storm system "exceeded all expectations," damaging electric infrastructure and knocking out power to thousands. The company said its crews are working as quickly as possible to assess equipment damaged by the storm, but spokesperson Carina Corral warned that flooding, fallen trees and other obstacles can slow down restoration efforts.


San Francisco hit with bomb cyclone, one dead, 230,000 without power

flooding california
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An aerial shot of submerged homes in Manteca, San Joaquin County March 21, 2023
A 'bomb cyclone' slammed into San Francisco Tuesday evening in the latest severe storm to hit the West Coast, devastating the region with hurricane-force winds and torrential rainfall.

The weather front is the latest major storm to hit the region this year, where it unleashed flash floods and blistering wind gusts throughout the Golden State.

At least one person died after the gusts - which reached upwards of 78mph - caused a tree to fall near Portolla Valley. Meanwhile, more than 230,000 residents across California had their power wiped out in the storm.

Glass from a San Francisco high rise reportedly plummeted to the ground after the storm swept in late afternoon, however no injuries were reported from the incident.

Ice Cube

Heavy Lake Erie storm turns nearby cars into thick ice cubes

Ice Encases Cars Beside Lake Erie

Ice encases cars beside Lake Erie
After a heavy storm rolled over Lake Erie and through Buffalo, New York the area was blanketed in ice and snow.

The city of Buffalo got absolutely blanketed in snow this Winter. The recorded snow total for Buffalo has reached an eye-watering 133.3″ so far. That is 44.1″ above normal for Buffalo.

We are officially into Spring but there's always a chance of more snow like the heavy Lake Erie storm that turned cars into ice cubes last weekend. The massive lake effect snow storm his Buffalo on Saturday, March 18th.

The @BuffaloWeather Twitter account which tracks severe weather in Upstate New York from the Great Lakes to the Adirondacks shared videos and pictures that look other-worldly.

Suffice it to say a flamethrower might be needed to thaw this SUV out that was left parked too close to Lake Erie. It turned into a legitimate ice cube.


Utah celebrates over 700 inches of snowfall in record time

Brighton Resort celebrates over 700 inches of snow this season

Brighton Resort celebrates over 700 inches of snow this season
Brighton Resort officially reached a monumental 703" of snowfall for the season on March 20, 2023, the earliest in the season that this has occurred since Utah began recording snowfall in 1943. To celebrate, Ski Utah, Visit Salt Lake, The Utah Office of Tourism and Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City will combine forces to unfurl an impressive 700" banner on the side of the brand new Hyatt Regency in Downtown Salt Lake City later this week.
"Ski Utah is thrilled to witness this historic season. Skiers and snowboarders from around the world have been able to enjoy copious quantities of The Greatest Snow on Earth®. We knew we had to celebrate this feat in a big way in the middle of Salt Lake City."

- Nathan Rafferty, President of Ski Utah


Mid-March snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, India leaves fruit growers worried, life thrown out of gear

Fresh snowfall on Monday in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir
Fresh snowfall on Monday in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir
Fresh snowfall on Monday in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district has left farmers a worried lot due to fear of damage to fruit crops as the trees are currently in bloom.

According to officials, snowfall ranging between two inches to one foot was recorded in different high-altitude areas, including Kota Top, Jatani, Kansar, Thanhala, Baach Dhar, Shankhoja, Chenera, Kaljugasar and Sivili.

Amid the continuous snowfall, the district administration has issued an advisory asking people not to venture near avalanche-prone areas and has also suspended vehicular traffic on Bhaderwah-Basohli-Pathankot and Bhaderwah-Chamba interstate roads.

Cloud Precipitation

Plane's windshield, radome damaged in hailstorm while landing at airport in Hyderabad, India

An IndiGo flight suffered major damage to its windshield and radome amid a heavy hailstorm, while landing at the Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. As per reports, India's largest air carrier was operating Flight 6E 6594 from Ahmedabad to RGIA in Hyderabad on Saturday evening, March 18, 2023. The pictures of the damages incurred by the plane have surfaced on Twitter recently. A Twitter user going by the name Jet Arena shared the images, revealing the damages on the Airbus A320neo plane.

As per and IANS report, the plane suffered damages when it encountered a hailstorm during its descent towards Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad. No one was injured in the incident and the pilot successfully landed the plane at the airport. The aircraft's radome and windshields were damaged in the hailstorm.