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Wind, snow, surf lash Tasmania

© ONE NewsWaves spill onto roads in Tasmania
Tasmanians are going through one of their coldest days in years as snow, wind and surf lashes the state.

Thousands of homes have been left without electricity as a low pressure system moves across the area. Crews are working to restore power to about 4,000 homes but it is not known how long it will take, according to ABC weather zone.

Winds have exceeded prediction of 120 kilometres an hour in higher regions, said the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

The temperature at Mount Wellington was minus 4.2 degrees Celsius this morning, with snow forcing the area's main road to close.

Some visitors to Cradle Mountain, in the state's north, are also trapped by snow.

The extreme weather conditions has also generated giant waves off the state's west coast.

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US, West Virginia: Brutal storms leave 1 dead

Belleville - One person was killed Thursday night when severe thunderstorms and winds swept through southern Wood County, ripping down power lines, overturning vehicles and leveling homes along W.Va. 68, a quarter mile south of the Belleville Homecoming grounds.

Wood County 911 center set up its mobile command unit near the former Humphrey School, which was being used as a triage center.

"We have one confirmed fatality right now, and the coroner has been called out," said Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy. "There is about a half-mile sweep of devastation we are just beginning to go through. Homes have been leveled to the ground. You would not believe the wreckage."

The name of the deceased male was not released Thursday night, officials said.

A spokesman at the National Weather Service in Charleston said it won't be known if a tornado struck Belleville until agency officials visit southern Wood County today.

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US: Athens Ohio Tornado Damage Report

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The tornado that blasted through Athens, Ohio with devastating winds and massive hail left destruction at an Athens high school, flipped over mobile homes and injured several people. Residents from Athens reported violent wind, rain and hail around 5 p.m. when the storm struck. Tornado warnings were issued for many of the neighboring counties. Six tornadoes were reported yesterday. Four of them hit Athens County.

About 500 people were directy affected by the tornadoes. Eight people were sent to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital. Two more were sent to Doctor's Hospital of Nelsonville. This morning the sheriff's office confirmed that thirteen people were admitted to the area hospitals due to the storms.

The violent winds caused several road closures. The Pine-Air Villate Trailer Park in the Plains area suffered significant damage. Multiple trailers were overturned and several trees were knocked down. The trailer park is currently without gas due to a leak in the gas line.

Athens High School was also hit by the storm. The students present were safely sheltered during the storm.

There was a girl's soccer game at Basil Rutter Field when the storm hit. The players ran for cover and there are no reports of injury. The bleachers were knocked over and the press box was destroyed.

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New Zealand: Severe Weather Batters The Country

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© Martin SahlinStorm damage on the Auckland waterfront yesterday.
Severe weather battered many parts of New Zealand on Friday, closing roads and causing power outages for thousands of customers.

People are being warned to stay away from downed power lines, while roads in both islands have been shut due to heavy snow and debris falling on roads.

At least 14,000 customers are without electricity in the greater Auckland region on Friday night which has been battered by heavy rain and winds gusting over 100km/h in some places.

Electricity lines company Vector says crews are trying to restore power to pockets of affected residents in the Auckland region and parts of Waiheke Island.

A spokesperson says branches coming down from trees onto powerlines, as well as a large lightening strike, has caused the outages.

Emergency services have been inundated with weather related callouts, dealing with downed trees, powerlines and roofs blowing off houses.

The Coastguard says hurricane-force winds of more than 140km/h have been recorded at the Manukau Heads as the storm lashes the region.

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US: Super Cell Storm, hail, heavy rain, tornadoes hit Kansas, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Severe weather moved across parts of northern Oklahoma Wednesday night, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings and even one tornado warning.

The tornado warning was issued Wednesday night for northern Osage County, but expired a short time later. As of late Wednesday night, there had been no confirmed reports of a tornado.

The storm moved through Bartlesville, bringing wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and reports of golf ball-sized hail.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 11:15 p.m. for the following counties: Nowata, Osage and Washington.

"These storms are going to be quite intense," said News On 6 Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer. "Once we get through this, then we'll clear out, things will start to improve tomorrow."

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New York City Hit by a TORNADO: One Person Killed and a Trail of Destruction Left as 100mph Winds Rip Through City

© AP PhotoSmashed: Residents in the Park Slope neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York circle around a car crushed by a fallen tree
At least one person has been killed after a tornado-like storm ripped through New York.

The sky turned black and tornado-like squalls torn through the city stranding ten of thousands of commuters.

Officials suspended access to overcrowded Pennsylvania Station in midtown Manhattan, where people were locked shoulder to shoulder after fallen trees forced a halt to commuter rail traffic.

Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens were hit hardest by the storm. Locals used axes to hack at trees that in some cases had crashed across stairways and front porches, trapping people inside homes.

Winds reached up to 100mph shut down roads and power lines leaving 70,000 customers without power.

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Hurricanes Julia and Igor Churn the Atlantic as Simultaneous Storms Rage for First Time in a Decade

Hurricane Igor, Tropical storm Julia
© Getty ImagesHurricane Igor (L) and Tropical Storm Julia in the Atlantic Ocean
Tropical storm Karl soaked the coast of Mexico as a rare duo of powerful hurricanes rolled waters far out in the Atlantic.

Hurricanes Julia and Igor were moving across the Atlantic in the first time in a decade that there have been two category four storms in the seas at the same time.

Forecasters have predicted that this year could be one of the worst on record for hurricanes.

Hurricanes Julia and Igor are not thought to pose any threat to land, but Karl, the 11th named storm of the season, dumped more rain on Mexico which is already struggling with heavy flooding in southeastern states.

Karl also threatened installations of state oil company Pemex, and was due to pass close by.

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Tropical Storm Karl Hits Mexico

© NOAA via AFP - Getty Images This satellite-based image taken Thursday morning shows Tropical Storm Karl just before it re-emerged into the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Storm Karl hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday and could reach hurricane strength once it enters the Gulf of Mexico, where it could swing past major Mexican oil installations.

Hundreds of mostly Mayan villagers were evacuated as Karl dumped rain and brought strong winds to the Yucatan, civil protection authorities said.

The storm also knocked out power to tens of thousands of people throughout the mainly rural area. Majahual, home to a large cruise ship port, bore the brunt of the storm as it made landfall but no serious damage was reported.

Mexico's state-run oil giant Pemex has not curtailed any operations but said it would monitor Karl's progress as it approached operations in the Bay of Campeche, where the bulk of Mexico's 2.55 million barrels per day of oil is produced.

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Hurricanes Igor, Julia spin in Atlantic

© REUTERS/NOAA/HandoutThis 1145Z GOES imagery shows Igor east of the northern Leeward Islands, and Tropical Storm Julia located south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.

Tropical Storm Julia grew in the far eastern Atlantic into the fifth hurricane of the storm season, while Hurricane Igor weakened slightly but remained a dangerous Category 4 storm, forecasters said on Tuesday.

Neither hurricane posed an immediate threat to land or energy interests, but Igor could threaten Bermuda by the weekend.

Julia reached hurricane status and then continued to strengthen, with top sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. It was about 355 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Julia was moving west-northwest as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, forecasters said. Its projected path would keep it out to sea.

Julia could strengthen slowly over the next two days, forecasters said. But as it gets closer to the more powerful Igor, strong upper-level winds flowing out from Igor could shear off and weaken Julia.

Farther west in the Atlantic, Hurricane Igor weakened slightly but still packed a punch, the center said.

Igor was about 710 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds at 135 mph, the center said.

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North Africa: Lightning Strike Kills 4 At Wedding in Mauritania

Nouakchott - A witness says a lightning strike has killed four people at a wedding in a village in Mauritania.

Wedding guest El Hadi Ould Mohamed says the lightning bolt struck the Friday morning festivities and killed two women and two men.

He says two other people were burned by lightning and taken to a hospital near the village of Idini, which is some 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Nouakchott, the capital.

He says the bride and groom were not killed or injured.