BIZZARE ICE STORM LASHES DONEGAL IN JUNE WINTER LIKE SCENE (IRELAND, JUN 8)
Bizarre Irish weather for June has resulted in an ice storm in Donegal and pounding rain and flooding throughout the country.
The ice storm left several inches of ice near the village of Termon in Donegal the Irish Independent reported.
Local photojournalist Frank McGettigan stated he had never seen anything like it "No one around here has ever seen anything like this in June before. It was really odd." Source
RARE TORNADO HITS VENICE (ITALY, JUN 12)
Folks in Venice, Italy got quite a shock Tuesday morning when a tornado/waterspout barrelled through Sant'Erasmo island around 11 AM local time on June 12, 2012. The tornado caused a good bit of damage, ripping off roofs, tearing down trees, and flipping sailboats over (see picture below).
At around 11am today, a tornado hit Venice in Italy. Initial reports indicate that trees were damaged, market stalls overturned and some buildings were damaged. No injuries have been reported,
One of the worst hit areas was the Sant’Elena island where an open air market was in progress. The tornado caused terrified shoppers to dash for cover.
A water bus ticket office had its roof ripped off by the tornado which some reports stated was a waterspout. A number of boats were capsized.
Around one hundred trees on Certosa Island were knocked down by the tornado and the outdoor dining area of the island’s restaurant was completely destroyed.
On Sant’Erasmo island, the roofs were removed from around a dozen houses, according to reports from emergency services in the area. In the interests of safety, the cemetery on Sant’Erasmo island has been closed.
Take a look at the tornado video below.
MONSTER STORMS : SOUTHERN HALF OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA BRACES FOR SECOND CYCLONIC 125 KM/H BLAST (AUSTRALIA, JUN 12)
STRONG winds battered South-West coastal communities of Western Australia as a dangerous storm front approached overnight.
The intense storm packing dangerous winds of up to 125km/h - consistent with a category two cyclone - is expected to persist into the early hours of thismorning.
Last night Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin have already recorded gusts of up to 96km/h, while winds at Busselton Airport have touched 87km/h.
Closer to the metropolitan area, Rottnest Island was also being buffeted with persistent gusts above 80km/h.
FESA warns people to take shelter
FESA warned people living in parts of WA, south of a line from Geraldton to Laverton to Forrest, to take action with the start of the dangerous weather.
“This intense storm will be of similar strength to the system that affected the southwest on Sunday,” FESA said in a statement late yesterday.
If they have not already done so, FESA advises that people should stay away from windows and ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
Motorists planning travel in or to the South-West region should review unnecessary travel plans.
Nine News reports that there has been a scramble for supplies in southern suburbs, with shelves left empty.
The highest winds recorded during Sunday's storm was 146km/h, one of the highest recorded gusts in the South West.
But much of the South West was buffeted by destructive gales up to 125km/h.
As the clean-up continued from Sunday's storms, Nine News reports that FESA has called in the defence department, with 100 naval personnel assisting in the Mandurah and Rockingham areas.
Another 25 people from South Australia's SES flew in yesterday, while other states have more crews on standby.
Western Power has restored electricity to most households but warn that more people are likely to lose power again overnight.
Wide storm front
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Neil Bennett said the winds would be particularly strong on the south coast, but would affect the entire southern half of the state.
"It is going to be really nasty down there,'' Mr Bennett said.
HAIL STORMS LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN; THE JAW DROPPING PICTURES OF DEVASTATING STORM THAT SMASHED CARS AND BLOCKED ROADS (USA , JUN 9)
These amazing pictures show the devastation caused by massive hail storms which have swept through Colorado and Wyoming this week.
Destructive hailstones coated the ground so thickly that the landscape appeared to be covered in snow, KOAA reported.
Stunned residents took to Facebook and Twitter to share their photos of the bizarre weather, which blocked roads and left some cars almost totally submerged.
One picture in particular tugged at many heartstrings when it was posted by KDVR - a touching snapshot of a dog which sought shelter from the torrential downpour in a trash can.
The hail downpour was part of a powerful storm system that rolled through parts of Colorado and Wyoming on Thursday, packing heavy rains, high winds and hail.
The storms followed a round of nasty late spring weather that pummeled the region.
Preliminary reports show Colorado was hit by 10 tornadoes during the past two days.
The storms came at the peak time for such severe weather in the state. Severe thunderstorms normally become less common later in the month and in early July until summer monsoons start developing.
At least seven homes were damaged in Elbert County on the plains southeast of Denver.
County officials said two homes lost roofs and others had broken windows but the total damage was still being assessed.
Laura Van Why said she and her husband Dennis, their 2-year-old son and two dogs hid under the stairs of their basement while the storm passed near Kiowa, Colorado.
'It felt like forever,' Mrs Van Why said. 'It was like, "Black out the windows."' Source.
HUNDREDS FORCED FROM HOMES AS FLASHFLOODING HIT WALES (UK. JUN 10)
Hundreds of residents and holidaymakers spent Saturday night in refuge centres after floodwater ravaged their homes and holiday caravans in west Wales.
Around 150 people were evacuated as caravan parks and villages near Aberystwyth were inundated when more than 5 inches (13cm), twice the local average rainfall for June, fell in 24 hours.
As high river levels remained a risk in some areas, police put the overall number of people who fled their homes at 1,000.
Andy Francis, of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, told the BBC: "There's mass scale damage to caravan parks and private dwellings throughout the area.
"A lot of floodwater's gone through them, leaving a huge amount of damage, and a residual danger as well from the biohazards; from sewerage, and other contaminants.
"Lots of sewers may have been damaged, and indeed gas and water supplies damaged, so my advice to anybody entering their properties this morning is to take sensible precautions."
The Environment Agency said the rain had now passed the area while one flood warning for the River Teifi at Lampeter and Llanybydder remains in place.
Francis said high river levels remained a risk. "Please do not go near the water, it's still extremely dangerous, and don't try to drive through it either, because you will end up becoming a casualty and requiring rescue."
Outside of Wales, flash floods also struck two villages near York, inundating properties. North Yorkshire fire crews said they pumped water out of Flaxton and Stockton-on-the-Forest after torrential rain on Saturday afternoon. The flooding was concentrated in Main Street in Flaxton and Sandy Lane in Stockton-on-the-Forest. Source
FREAK HAIL STORM STRIKES DURBAN (SOUTH AFRICA, JUN 9)
Chris Hoare, in Durban North, said hail got caught in verges and gardens, and was as much as “six inches thick.” His son and friends took pictures of themselves playing in the hail. However, some suburbs like Glenmore and Westville escaped the storm. Wisani Maluleke, a forecaster at the Durban Weather Office, said temperatures were around 18ºC on Friday night, and large clouds were visible over Durban. “There were reports of hailstones, but we cannot say where,” Maluleke said.
A massive ice storm hit Virginia airport in Durban North. Spokesman for the Durban Air Show Ray de Vries said that this is one of the worst hailstorms the aviation fraternity had seen at the airport. “It looked strangely beautiful. The airport was closed due to dangerous conditions.” A number of private planes are expected for the Springbok-England Test match, but de Vries said that airport authorities were confident the storm wouldn’t affect planes flying in for the game. Durbanites, unused to extreme weather conditions, were abuzz on Twitter, while TrafficSA put out a weather warning for motorists, and emergency workers were on high alert.
Some people tweeted that it was hailing “mini ice cubes” and that it was as “thick as snow.” Traffic man Rob Byrne posted pictures of a hail-covered road. Rassie Pieterse tweeted: “Hail in Durban, and it’s warmer than Bloem” while others called it a “freak storm.” Source
HUGE STORM CUTS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY SHORT (USA, JUN 7)
Cameras jumped from students to a tornado-lookalike cloud during a New Jersey high school graduation on Thursday.
A severe storm producing dangerous lightning, loud booms of thunder, high winds, large hail and scary clouds cut the graduation ceremony at Absegami High School in Atlantic County, N.J., short during the evening hours. Hundreds darted for shelter, but not before many got soaked by rain and hit by large hailstones.
But the hail was not the scariest part to many of the witnesses at the graduation; the scary, tornado-lookalike cloud stole the show.
Many thought that the cloud was a funnel cloud, which is defined as a rotating column of air (visible due to condensation) that does not reach the ground. Funnel clouds that reach all the way to the ground are tornadoes.
A public statement released by the National Weather Service at 6:50 p.m. ET Thursday, read: "A FUNNEL CLOUD WAS REPORTED IN GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP. HOWEVER SOME PICTURES SHOW THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A DEVELOPING WALL CLOUD."
STORM WREAKS HAVOC IN ELBERT COUNTRY (USA, JUN 9)
More than 50 responders, including 35 field volunteers representing crews from Elbert, Kiowa, Elizabeth, Rattlesnake, Simla, Agate, Calhan and Limon Fire Districts, along with Elbert County Sheriff’s Office were deployed to conduct damage assessment operations and ensure citizen welfare.
“Basically we just go door-to-door to make sure everyone’s OK and there are no injuries,” said Simla Fire Chief, John Hillmann. “We also look for any types of hazards that may be present such as downed power lines, propane leaks, and we also check on livestock and animals.”
Hillmann explained that in order to effectively cover the large and sparsely populated area, disaster assessment teams were divided into five distinct target areas, increasing efficiency and response time.
Crews canvassed more than 480 square miles and 388 homes, and found approximately 5 percent of those homes had severe damage.
Of the homes damaged, 32 sustained moderate to severe damage.
One home was a total structural loss.
“Fortunately, there have been no fatalities associated with the storm at this time, and we’ve had only one minor injury reported,” said Kara Gerczynski, Elizabeth Fire Protection Agency Fire Marshall and spokesperson for the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management.
The office of emergency management said most of the damage appears to be confined to areas 16 miles east of Kiowa, along CR 105, and 7 miles east of Simla.
The Ben Lomond Gun Club was also damaged, but by excessive hail.