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February 26 2014 06:35 PM Tornado New Zealand South Island, [North Canterbury] Damage level Details



Tornado in New Zealand on Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 at 18:35 (06:35 PM) UTC.

A tornado has ripped its way through North Canterbury in New Zealand as rough weather and lightning caused extensive damage. The Civil Defence has arrived at the scene to inspect the damaged properties. According to fire service shift manager Andrew Norris, a group of homes in Amberley have been heavily damaged. The town is 50km north of Christchurch. Based on fire service reports, strong winds from the tornado had lifted the tiles off roofs of homes near the Burnham Military Camp. Southern Fire Communications Shift Manager Karl Patterson said he received reports of one house losing an entire roof. The tornado, barreling its way through South Island, also knocked down trees and caused power poles to catch fire. Mr Patterson said the fire service put out fires in Halsquell Quarry which were caused by lightning. Despite the damages to some homes and power lines, no casualties or injuries were reported. The clean-up continues in tornado-damaged areas, although 30 homes reported having no electricity by the afternoon of Feb 24. A resident from Amberley, Donna Graham, told Radio New Zealand that she and her husband, Geoff, saw the tornado form from hanging black clouds and realised the twister was moving straight to her house. She and her husband began running away from the house. They could hear the noises made by the tornado as it moved. The couple came out when they noticed they could not hear the tornado anymore. Civil Defence inspector Kerry Walsh said the damage caused by the tornado was worse than he expected. He said the clean-up was doing well. South Island’s lines company Mainpower remarked that some of the power poles had to be replaced before electricity will be restored to homes. Aside from the tornado in Amberley, a smaller tornado was spotted in Leeston and was captured on video by “stormchaser” Stephen Burrows. Mr Burrows said the smaller tornado was approximately 100 metres wide but looked weaker in comparison to the one in Amberley. The tornadoes were caused by a severe thunderstorm in parts of Canterbury. The MetService has warned residents in the area to prepare for a storm with torrential rain and large hail. According to weather authorities, the storm had formed near the coast of Timaru and made its way to Christchurch. The storm was classified as a “supercell” because it caused large hailstones and small tornadoes.



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Tornado strikes homes as storm lashes town

By Ben Irwin

A damaged building on a plant farm near Amberley, north Canterbury. Photo / Martin Hunter

A damaged building on a plant farm near Amberley, north Canterbury. Photo / Martin Hunter

Rough weather, lightning, and reports of a tornado caused extensive damage in North Canterbury last night.


Fire service shift manager Andrew Norris said a “cluster of houses” in Amberley, 50km north of Christchurch, had been badly damaged about 6.30pm.

Southern fire communications shift manager Karl Patterson said the strong winds lifted tiles off roofs near the Burnham Military Camp area and three houses in Amberley, 50km north of Christchurch, were also affected.

“One house completely lost its roof. Another house had extensive roof damage [and] windows blown in.”

The weather also caused power pole fires and trees to be knocked down,” Mr Patterson said.

“Apparently a tornado of some description sort of went through just near the coast – it caused a little bit of damage, but we did a check of all the houses in the area and they were ok.

“We had a couple of fires started by lightning, we had a fire in Halswell Quarry, out the south-west side of town.

“Also, in Little River we had a tree catch on fire in the middle of a tree plantation of some description.”

There were no reports of injuries, Mr Patterson said.


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Severe Weather Hits Midwest, Southeast; Tornadoes Confirmed in at Least Six States

Published: Feb 22, 2014, 8:10 PM EST


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A severe weather outbreak brought dangerous weather to the Midwest and South Thursday and Friday night, spawning tornadoes in at least six states.

At least 13 tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service by early Friday evening, according to severe weather expert, Dr. Greg Forbes, including eight tornadoes in Illinois, two in southern Mississippi, and one each in Ohio, Maryland and Louisiana.

Additionally, there were more than 200 reports of wind damage peppered across more than a dozen states Thursday, and nearly 25 reports of hail.


Andy Shireman tweeted this photo of a reported tornado near Concord, Ill. Thursday.

“Where instability was greatest, thunderstorms congealed into long lines from Tennessee southward, rather than discrete, rotating supercells, minimizing the number of tornadoes there,” said senior meteorologist Jon Erdman. “Farther north, where more discrete supercells did erupt, a few tornadoes did touch down in parts of the mid-Mississippi Valley. However, with more limited instability that far north, the number of tornadoes was limited there, too.”

Below is a look at how the event has affected each state in its path.


The National Weather Service in Huntsville confirmed at least four tornado touchdowns, including an EF-2 in Fort Payne. A tornado flipped 3 tractor trailers, one of which landed on top of a jet polymer plant before destroying two houses.

The Fort Payne-area twister was brief but powerful, with estimated winds up to 125 mph. Survey crews from the weather service say it flipped three large semitrailers, vaulting one into the air and onto the factory’s roof around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Another EF-1 tornado touched down at a marina on the Tennessee River in Limestone County, then damaged some nearby condos and homes Thursday night.

Two other Thursday night twisters snapped and uprooted trees and damaged some homes in the Cartwright community in northern Alabama and in the Anderson area of Lauderdale County.

Storms damaged some buildings in Calhoun County and brought down trees in many areas of Alabama. Preliminary reports to the National Weather Service said the storms toppled trees late Thursday and early Friday in Marion, Fayette, Walker, Tuscaloosa and Elmore counties.


There were reports of several homes damaged in central Georgia and toppled trees across north Georgia after a fast-moving line of thunderstorms brought high winds to the region. The Courier Herald in Dublin reports that more than 50 homes in northern Laurens County were impacted by a storm Friday, with debris scattered across yards and on rooftops. There were no immediate reports of injuries there. Preliminary reports to the National Weather Service indicate that several trees were down on U.S. Highway 11 in Dade County Friday morning, after the line of storms rolled through the state’s northwest corner. A 58 mph wind gust was reported at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta.


The National Weather Service confirmed that at least eight tornadoes touched down in east and central Illinois Thursday, causing minor damage. The tornadoes were reported near the Cass County town of Arenzville, about 50 miles west of Springfield; east of Mechanicsburg in Sangamon County; near Pana in Christian County; west of Shumway in Effingham County; west of Findlay; and in Pike County. The storms reportedly destroyed several outbuildings and snapped utility poles. No injuries were reported.


The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes struck Indiana on Thursday as severe thunderstorms swept across the state.

Meteorologists say a tornado ranking as an EF1 on the Fujita scale and packing 90 mph winds struck Thursday night about four miles north of Osgood in southeastern Indiana’s Ripley County.

That storm knocked a mobile home off its foundation and damaged two pole barns, leaving a nearly mile-long path.

A second tornado ranking as an EF0 with winds of about 85 mph damaged two outbuildings and toppled trees Thursday evening in central Indiana’s Rush County near the town of Arlington.

The weather service says that storm was on the ground for less than a minute and left a path of damage less than a tenth of a mile long.

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Highest level warning RED ALERT now issued for Leinster as #StormDarwin continues to rage this evening..

Truck overturned due to high winds on M8 at Fermoy. Motorway closure in effect on both lanes to prevent reoccurrence


February 12 2014 12:44 PM Extreme Weather Ireland [Nationwide] Damage level Details


Extreme Weather in Ireland on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 at 12:44 (12:44 PM) UTC.

Reports this afternoon of a small tornado in Co. Roscommon, as stormy weather conditions continue to affect the country. More than 10,000 homes across the West and South are without power this lunchtime, most of them are in Cork and Kerry where a red weather warning is in force. Met Eireann has issued three weather warnings covering all Irish counties. They are warning of a flooding risk in coastal areas from high seas and heavy rainfall. The red alert for Cork and Kerry remains in place this afternoon. Winds in the region are expected to gust as high as 130 to 160 km/h. There will be high Seas too. Earlier, Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke told Newstalk Breakfast rainfall could cause further flooding but it is high winds that will cause greatest concern today – before a new storm system hits at the weekend. Met Eireann says the issuing of a red severe weather warning is a relatively rare event and implies those affected should take action by protecting themselves and their properties. No flights have been able to take off from Cork Airport since 7.30 this morning and Irish Rail is reporting delays to its services on the Cork to Mallow line. There is also a wind warning in place for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick and Waterford. Stormy weather will affect Waterford and Wexford during the day today. With winds, at their strongest, gusting 120 to 130 km/h. Meanwhile stormy weather will affect Clare, Limerick, Galway and Mayo during Wednesday with high winds and seas. The orange weather warning is in place until 5pm this evening. All remaining counties are affected by yellow weather warning. Winds in Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and Tipperary will sweep up from the south and gust to 100 to 110 km/h. The yellow weather warning is in place until 11pm tonight. Meanwhile, it’s claimed today that Ireland has been hit by a 1-in-50 year weather event – every year for the past six. Bord na Móna Chief Executive Gabriel D’Arcy says the trend in their records shows the impact of climate change on Ireland each year. He says we should be concentrating more on renewable energy to cope with the changing conditions.


‘Mini-tornado’ reported in Roscommon as thousands without power

Met Éireann says it has received reports of a small tornado in Co Roscommon as stormy weather conditions continue to affect the country, leaving thousands without power.

Up to 10,000 homes are without power this lunchtime, most of them in Cork and Kerry where a red weather warning is in force, with winds of 160 kilometres per hour forecast.

Met Éireann is also warning of a flooding risk in coastal areas due to high seas and heavy rainfall.

Forecaster Joanna Donnelly says they have even been made aware of reports of a small tornado in Athleague, Co Roscommon.

“We’ve had reports in alright of the mini-tornado but we haven’t been able to observe it ourselves,” she said.

“But (it’s) not untypical of this sort of very heavy squally showers.”

Weather conditions were making it dangerous for drivers around the south and west, with reports of multiple trees having falling, including outside the Fota Island resort in Cork and on the N71 dual carriageway at the viaduct.

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Hurricane strength winds leave storm-battered Ireland on red alert (PHOTOS)


Storm Darwin hit Ireland on Wednesday with 100 mph winds and the worst power outage since 1998. Photo by: Photocall Ireland

Storm Darwin and its hurricane-force 100 mph winds swept through Ireland on Wednesday, leaving close to 215,000 homes without power, felling thousands of trees, and ripping the roofs off buildings.

Met Éireann, Ireland’s national weather service, issued red alerts for counties Cork and Kerry, which were among the first to be hit as Darwin reached Ireland’s shores, and for much of Leinster. Orange alerts were issued for counties Clare, Galway, Limerick, Mayo and Waterford.

Highest level warning RED ALERT now issued for Leinster as #StormDarwin continues to rage this evening..

Traffic stalled across the country due to a number of overturned vehicles. Shannon and Cork airports were closed for much of the day, and many commuters were left stranded as rail service between Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Kerry was suspended.

Truck overturned due to high winds on M8 at Fermoy. Motorway closure in effect on both lanes to prevent reoccurrence

In what the Electricity Supply Board described as Ireland’s worst power outage since 1998, 215,000 homes were left without power – 170,000 in the southern counties.

This screengrab from the @esbnetworks powercheck gives a picture of the extent of the problems from #stormdarwin

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Published on Nov 19, 2013

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November 19, 2013 – UNITED STATES – Stunned residents across the Midwest picked through the wreckage of what used to be their homes on Monday after a fierce storm system swept across six states, spawned nearly 60 reported tornadoes and killed at least eight people. From the air, large areas of the devastated city of Washington, Ill., looked like a moonscape as the vastness of the devastation was exposed.

Even large electrical towers made of steel lay on the ground, twisted like pretzels. The storm system tore the steeple off a church 10 minutes after Mass let out and even forced the Chicago Bears to stop their game against the Baltimore Ravens. Jeff Ekena, Principal of John L. Hensey Elementary in Washington said he hunkered down in the basement with his family when the storm came through sounding “like a freight train.” The Ekenas emerged to find “just flatness,” and then the destruction beyond, he said. “Nobody has anything left,” Nancy Rampy, of Washington, Ill., told NBC Chicago. “It’s all gone. It’s just awful.” Guida Scheer, owner of one of the destroyed homes, sifted through the rubble and pulled out a Bible. “It was my boyfriend’s Bible,” she said. “It was actually his dad’s and that was one of the things that he wanted to make sure that we tried to find.”

“I’ve found pieces of my house 100 yards northeast of me,” Scott Gundy, another resident of Washington, where one person died, told TODAY. “I got the most important things out, which were pictures, video of my kids growing up,” he said. “To me that’s the most important thing. Everything else can be replaced.” The mayor of Washington, Gary Manier, said the devastation there was “unbelievable.” He said that 250 to 500 houses were destroyed in Washington, a city of about 15,000 people. The National Weather Service rated the tornado that ripped through the area an EF-4 — a notch down from most intense rating — with wind speeds ranging from 170 to 190 mph. Andrea Bowers said she and her husband and their 3-month-old daughter took shelter in the basement of their Washington home. The couple used their bodies to cover their baby and protect her from falling debris. “Everything just started falling in and we just kind of rode it out and just prayed,” she said. Ryan Bowers said they were all unharmed , and that his wife and daughter even fell sleep during the storm.

Schools were closed in Washington on Monday, and churches and community groups also canceled events as the focus turned to recovery efforts and helping victims. The Red Cross opened a shelter, and mental health experts were on hand. Earlier, people who had left and were trying to come back were turned away by police because of concerns about unstable buildings, and other lurking dangers. “There’s a lot of power lines down a lot of power lines that could still be alive. There’s gas leaks all over the place. So it is still a very dangerous situation,” Illinois State Trooper Dustin Pierce told NBC station WEEK TV. Later, many of Washington’s residents, including members of the high school football team, went to the destroyed areas to pitch and help those whose homes were destroyed. “Hopefully, we can grow strong as a community together and jet get over it,” said one of the football players, Nathan Barker. The National Weather Service said there were 81 reported tornadoes from the system on Sunday. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared seven counties disaster areas. He said that dozens of people were hurt.



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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Updated today at 5:27 PM


WASHINGTON, Ill.  — As a powerful tornado bore down on their Illinois farmhouse, Curt Zehr’s wife and adult son didn’t have time to do anything but scramble down the stairs into their basement.


Storms sweep across Midwest, kill 6 in Illinois

Uninjured, the pair looked out moments later to find the house gone and the sun out “right on top” of them, Zehr said. Their home, on the outskirts of Washington, Ill., was swept up and scattered over hundreds of yards by one of the dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms that swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least six people dead and unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees.


“They saw (the tornado) right there and got in the basement,” said a stunned Zehr, pointing to the farm field near the rubble that had been his home.


Early Monday, Washington Mayor Gary Manier estimated that from 250 to 500 homes were either damaged or destroyed in the storm and that it wasn’t clear when residents would be allowed to return.


“Everybody’s without power, but some people are without everything,” Manier told reporters in the parking lot of a destroyed auto parts store and near a row of flattened homes.

“How people survived is beyond me,” he said.

The unusually powerful late-season wave of thunderstorms brought damaging winds and tornadoes to 12 states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and western New York.

Bill Bunting, forecast operations chief of the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the storms all belonged to the same system and would be “moving rapidly to the east and continue east overnight and into the morning.”

Illinois was the hardest struck with at least six people killed and dozens more injured.

An 80-year-old man and his 78-year-old sister were killed by a tornado that hit their farmhouse near the rural southern Illinois community of New Minden, coroner Mark Styninger said. A third person died in Washington, while three others perished in Massac County in the far southern part of the state, said Patti Thompson of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. She did not provide details.

Communications remained difficult and with many roads impassable it was not clear if the injury and death tolls would rise on Monday. Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn declared seven counties disaster areas.


Washington, a town of 16,000 about 140 miles southwest of Chicago, appeared to have suffered the most severe damage. The tornado cut a path about an eighth of a mile wide from one side of town to the other, State Trooper Dustin Pierce said.

Across farm fields a little more than a mile from where Zehr’s home was swept up, several blocks of homes were destroyed.

“The whole neighborhood’s gone. The wall of my fireplace is all that is left of my house,” said Michael Perdun, speaking by cellphone.

The Illinois National Guard assisted with search and recovery operations in Washington. The White House issued a statement saying President Barack Obama had been briefed about the damage and was in touch with federal, state and local officials. Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence were scheduled to survey affected areas in their respective states Monday.

As law enforcement officers continued to search for victims and sized up the cleanup and rebuilding job ahead, they kept everyone but residents and emergency workers out. With power off and lines down in many areas, natural gas lines leaking and trees and other debris blocking many streets, an overnight curfew kept all but emergency vehicles off pitch-black roads. The only lights visible across most of Washington on Sunday night were red and blue flashes from police and fire truck lights.

Pierce said there were reports of looting around town.

About 75 friends and neighbors helped Zehr to salvage his family’s belongings. He said he’d been at church when the tornado hit but that his wife, Sue, and son were at home.

A friend, Keith Noe, said the Zehr family still felt fortunate.

“They both walked out of the basement and that’s what counts,” Noe said.

Across Washington, an auto parts store with several people inside was reduced to a pile of bricks, metal and rebar; a battered car, its windshield impaled by a piece of lumber, was flung alongside it.

“The employees were climbing out of this,” Pierce said, gesturing to the rubble behind him. None of them was seriously injured, he said.

At OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in nearby Peoria, spokeswoman Amy Paul said 37 storm victims had been treated, including eight with injuries ranging from broken bones to head injuries. Another hospital, Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, treated more than a dozen, but officials there said none of them were seriously injured. Brian Williamson, a state spokesman, said hospitals reported treating about 60 people in Washington, but said that figure could grow.


About 90 minutes after the tornado destroyed homes in Washington, the stormy weather darkened downtown Chicago. As the rain and high winds slammed into the area, officials at Soldier Field evacuated the stands and ordered the Bears and Baltimore Ravens off the field. Fans were allowed back to their seats shortly after 2 p.m., and the game resumed after about a two-hour delay.

Earlier, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications had issued a warning to fans, urging them “to take extra precautions and … appropriate measures to ensure their personal safety.”

Just how many tornadoes hit was unclear. Although about 80 reports of tornadoes had come in as of Sunday night, the National Weather Service’s Bunting said the actual number will likely be in the 30 to 40 range. He said that’s because the same tornado often gets reported multiple times.

Weather service meteorologist Matt Friedlein said such weather is rare this late in the year, but that strong winds coupled with temperatures in the 60s and 70s spawned Sunday’s storms.


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Damage in Auckland’s North Shore.


08.10.2013 Tornado New Zealand Northland, Devonport Damage level Details


Tornado in New Zealand on Tuesday, 08 October, 2013 at 08:12 (08:12 AM) UTC.

A Devonport resident who lived through tonight’s horror tornado on Auckland’s North Shore has compared it to the killer Albany twister which left one dead in 2011. Aimee Bourke was at home on Vauxhall Road with her two children when the tornado hit soon after 6pm. “There was a storm, some really, really heavy rain and then there was a calm patch,” Mrs Bourke said. “And then this really, really loud wind noise came through and of course she screamed (Mrs Bourke’s daughter), we grabbed the kids and hunkered down in the hallway until it passed. “That’s my third tornado unfortunately. So straight away I realised what it was.” At least six houses in and around Mrs Bourke’s Vauxhall Road – the worst hit street from the tornado – suffered minor to serious damage.



A Devonport resident who lived through tonight’s horror tornado on Auckland’s North Shore has compared it to the killer Albany twister which left one dead in 2011.

Aimee Bourke was at home on Vauxhall Road with her two children when the tornado hit soon after 6pm.

“There was a storm, some really, really heavy rain and then there was a calm patch,” Mrs Bourke said.

“And then this really, really loud wind noise came through and of course she screamed (Mrs Bourke’s daughter), we grabbed the kids and hunkered down in the hallway until it passed.

“That’s my third tornado unfortunately. So straight away I realised what it was.”

At least six houses in and around Mrs Bourke’s Vauxhall Road – the worst hit street from the tornado – suffered minor to serious damage.

Mrs Bourke, still visibly shaken over an hour after the event, had suffered through the Albany tornado and “one back in the 80s”, and today’s felt “very similar”.

“I’m still shaking, put it that way. And it’s been quite some time since it happened. So obviously it’s just really scary, the kids are freaking out and you just want to make sure you stay calm for them.

“But we’ve got a bit of a mess in our backyard, so I’ve already called the insurance company and put in a claim.

“We’ve got spouting down, two trees uprooted, trampoline twisted, back fence down and roofing iron down.”

She said the trampoline was completely twisted.

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Multiple tornadoes hit three Midwestern states.

The storms struck Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa.

The National Weather Service confirmed six twisters struck the states.

Fifteen people were injured in Wayne, Nebraska.

A Nebraska newspaper reported several buildings in Wayne’s industrial park were damaged or destroyed along with several homes south of the city.

One tornado hit just blocks from Wayne State College.


Great Plains Storm Brings Snow, Tornadoes

By CHET BROKAW 10/05/13 10:48 AM ET EDT AP

PIERRE, S.D. — PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — In the span of 24 hours, the scenic Black Hills in South Dakota were coated in up to three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow, one of several Great Plains states walloped by a storm system that’s caused millions of dollars in damage.

Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were recorded in the Black Hills, National Weather Service meteorologist Katie Pojorlie said Saturday morning, but the snow was expected to end later Saturday, giving people a chance to start digging out from the unusual early fall snowstorm that set records.

But wintry weather wasn’t the only thing wrapped into the powerful cold front, as thunderstorms brought heavy rain, hail and tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. No one died in the tornadoes, reports said, but snow was blamed in the deaths of three people who were killed in a traffic accident on U.S. 20 in northeast Nebraska.

Forecasters said the front would eventually combine with other storms to make for a wild — and probably very wet — weekend for much of the central U.S. and Southeast.

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Tornado USA State of New Jersey, [Stafford Township, Ocean County] Damage level Details

Tornado in USA on Wednesday, 14 August, 2013 at 12:47 (12:47 PM) UTC.

The National Weather Service confirms that an EF0 tornado touched down in Stafford Township, Ocean County Tuesday morning. The twister was part of a series of powerful storms with damaging winds that blew through southern and central New Jersey. he storm that hit Stafford Township was rotating, a central characteristic of tornadoes, said Walter Drag, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Inspectors were sent to the scene to confirm whether it was a tornado by studying damage on the ground. It was not immediately clear how much damage the storm caused in Stafford, an Ocean County municipality through which thousands of vacationers pass each year on their way to and from Long Beach Island. But power lines were knocked down, traffic lights knocked out and roads flooded. The weather service had issued a tornado warning for the storm as it crossed Harvey Cedars and Barnegat Light on the island but canceled it right around the time the storm reached Stafford. “We had numerous storms that had rotation,” Drag said. “There were numerous cells. It was a tough couple hours out there.” The storm that hit Stafford was one of a line of powerful storms with damaging winds that raked southern and central New Jersey. Drag said the storms moved from east to west across Salem and Gloucester counties, touching part of Camden County as well. The storms left thousands of New Jersey residents without power after dumping 2 inches or more of rain. Flooding was reported in Middletown, Long Branch, Neptune, Wall Township, Ocean Township, Deal, Little Egg Harbor Township, Deptford, Paulsboro, Gloucester City, Woodbury and Lindenwold.

Tornado touches down, smacks southern N.J. during intense storms

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>A possible tornado touched down in Manahawkin, Ocean County today. The Manahawkin Baptist Church and its school, Lighthouse Christian Academy, both suffered damage. Downed trees litter the grounds of the church. — Manahawkin, New Jersey. Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Photo by David Gard/For the Star-Ledger

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on August 14, 2013 at 6:00 AM, updated August 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — When the skies cleared above Manahawkin Baptist Church Tuesday after a tornado barrelled through, a section of mangled framing shaped like a cross sat perched near a gaping hole in the building’s roof.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Doug Welbourn, the pastor of the church on Beach Avenue in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township. “I don’t know if God did that or just the weather but it’s kind of an encouraging thing for a bunch of Christians.”

The tornado ripped a two-mile path 50 to 100 yards wide through the Ocean County community just west of Long Beach Island at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, weather officials confirmed last night.

The twister, which dissipated after five minutes, shattered windows, downed trees and power lines and tore off a large section of the church’s roof. Packing winds between 75 and 85 miles per hour, the tornado was rated an EF0, which is the weakest designation possible, according to Patrick O’Hara, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

It was the second tornado to hit the state this year. One touched down in Berkeley Heights in early July, causing extensive damage but no injuries.

New Jersey, on average, sees about three tornadoes a year, according to the state climatologist.

Nathan Didlake, the youth and worship arts director for Manahawkin Baptist Church, was downstairs working when the storm passed through.

He said the lights started flickering and then he looked outside and “all the trees were just bending over, it got super, super dark, and then [I heard] this blood-curdling sound.”

He said as he ran upstairs to check on two women, he heard an “unbelievable crunching sound” as part of the roof peeled back.

“As it was happening, stuff was just flying everywhere. Windows were shattering,” he said.

Luckily, he said, nobody was hurt. Neither were any of the employees of the Lighthouse Christian Academy next door that also sustained roof and water damage during the storm.

“It’s very devastating, but it’s just a building,” said church elder Brian Kilcoyne, as he shoveled pieces of glass and drywall into a black garbage bag. “This is just a building and a church is made up of people.”

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A mobile home in Acton

A mobile home in Acton was peeled open after a severe storm passed through the area Thursday evening.

03.08.2013 Tornado USA State of Montana, Twin Bridges Damage level Details

Tornado in USA on Friday, 02 August, 2013 at 03:41 (03:41 AM) UTC.

We’ve learned a possible tornado touched down in Twin Bridges during a severe thunderstorm on Thursday afternoon. Madison County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Steve DiGiovanna tells NBC Montana the National Weather Service is heading down to the town Friday morning to investigate. He says someone took a video of the storm, and he witnessed what appeared to be a tornado funnel touching the ground. The possible tornado may be responsible for some of the damage that tore through the town, DiGiovanna said. A veterinary clinic outside of town had the roof ripped off, he said. The thunderstorm left the entire town and surrounding area without power. DiGiovanna said at least six high-voltage power poles are completely knocked down, and power will not be restored for at least 24 hours- if not two to three days. Other damage to the town includes roofs ripped off of several buildings, such as the aforementioned vet clinic and the public works building. Viewers who sent NBC Montana photos of the damage report buildings in town seem to have had roofs missing as well. At least 100 trees are down, DiGiovanna said, and several buildings suffered structural damage from them. Luckily, no one was hurt, DiGiovanna said. Right now, the fire department, sheriff’s office, Disaster Emergency Services and dozens of volunteers are working to clear up as much of the fallen trees as they can. He said at least 100 people chipped in to help, and it was great to see the community come together during the disaster. NBC Montana is working to get the latest details on this developing story, and will post updates here and on our Facebook page.


Fast-moving storm tears up Acton trailer park

August 02, 2013 2:00 pm  • 

ACTON — Acton Bar owner Duane Cowdin was “nice and cozy” inside his bar when a storm raced through the area Thursday night.

The bar momentarily lost power, and he could tell there were high winds outside, but he didn’t figure it was much of a storm. Then a neighbor stopped in and asked, “You been to your house? The garage is gone.”

“It raised hell, didn’t it?” Cowdin said Friday morning, standing near what was left of his garage. “It scattered s— from hell to breakfast.”

Cowdin’s house is a little southeast of the Acton Bar. At a trailer park little farther east on Highway 3, at least four trailer houses were destroyed Thursday night and another three or four were damaged.

Joe Lester, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Billings, said the damage in Acton was caused by straight-line winds that probably reached 90 miles an hour shortly after 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

He said debris was strewn for a mile in an area about 200 yards wide, and all the debris followed the same northwest-to-southeast orientation, which would suggest straight-line winds, not a funnel cloud.

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Fire crews respond to power lines down on Franklin Road near 14 Mile. (credit: Sean Lee/WWJ).


20.07.2013 Extreme Weather USA State of Michigan, [Detroit region] Damage level Details


Extreme Weather in USA on Saturday, 20 July, 2013 at 04:28 (04:28 AM) UTC.

Heavy storms packing winds of up to 60 m.p.h. and penny-size hail rolled into southeast Michigan late Friday, knocking out power to 105,000 DTE Energy customers and snapping trees in half. And more severe weather was expected into the night as a cold front moved in from northern Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Reports of downed trees, hail and high winds poured into the National Weather Service’s offices in White Lake Township. According to early reports, downed trees were scattered along Rochester Road in Troy, winds of 60 to 70 m.p.h snapped trees in Pontiac, hail 3 of an inch thick fell on Brownstown Township, and a large tree blocked an intersection in Clarkston. Other reports said a tree a foot in diameter had snapped in Troy, another tree 15 inches in diameter was down in Milford, while winds of 50 m.p.h. raked Brighton and pea-size hail rained on Clinton Township. DTE spokeswoman Randi Berris said the company was expecting more outages as more storms packing high winds were to move into the area later tonight.

The first wave of storms hit DTE’s Oakland County customers the hardest, where 45,000 customers were without power. Other outages were scattered across Wayne, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. Phil Kurimski, a Weather Service meteorologist in White Lake, said forecasters were keeping an eye on the cold front as it made its way south from the Saginaw Valley and the possibility that it could bring a new round of storms with it. A plume of moisture that settled over southeast Michigan sparked the damaging late-afternoon and early-evening thunderstorms, Kurimski said. “It’s a busy night, watching these storms producing a lot of wind damage,” he said. “Some trees snapped, some large ones were down, some trees were uprooted.” The cold front brings relief from the steamy weather of the past week. The forecast for Saturday’s high is 84, while the forecast for Sunday’s high is 77.






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