Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where the governor said one downtown could be “under approximately 9 feet of water” by Wednesday. For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home. President Trump is scheduled to arrive in the state on Thursday.
A tornado strike destroyed homes and left a trail of devastation across large parts of the US south on Sunday, as forecasters warned that a powerful Easter storm could affect more than a dozen states and millions of people before the early hours of Monday. By Sunday evening, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency had confirmed at least six fatalities in the state from the severe weather.
Tornadoes have killed at least 25 people and destroyed dozens of buildings in Tennessee – including causing severe damage in downtown Nashville. The twisters toppled power lines and trees and ripped off roofs, causing gridlock on the streets of the famous musical city. Police and fire crews were dealing with about 40 building collapses. Severe storms were also whipped up by the tornadoes as they moved across the southeastern US state after midnight.
At least six people have died and travelers have been left stranded while trying to get home after Thanksgiving as storms swept across the US. In Missouri, three people died when their vehicles were involved in road accidents. The bodies of two young children have been found in central Arizona after a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a swollen creek.
Record-breaking cold and snowfall is numbing many parts of the U.S. from the Great Plains to the East Coast and north through New England. By Wednesday the cold snap is expected to spread farther south to the upper Texas coast in what is being described as an “arctic outbreak” by the National Weather Service. The dead-of-winter temperatures come with roughly five weeks of fall remaining on the calendar.
Hawaii saw nearly 20 inches of rain with flooding and landslides on Friday as Hurricane Lane approached the island. Public schools across the state are closed Friday in anticipation of the Category 3 storm and several major airlines have issued weather waivers. Typhoons Cimarron and Soulik weakened after battering Japan and South Korea this week.
Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm. Forecasters warned that Dorian could generate a storm surge as high as 23 feet (7 meters).
A devastating series of tornadoes ripped through Alabama on Sunday, killing at least 23 people in one county. The victims including children, died in Lee County, said Sheriff Jay Jones. At least 12 of those deaths occurred in an area about 5 to 6 miles south of the city of Opelika, he said. The 23 deaths reported on Sunday marked what would be deadliest day for tornadoes in the state since the deadly Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado that killed more than 200 people in 2011.
Thousands of residents in Florida have been ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Michael will reach the area on Wednesday. The storm has already killed 13 people in Central America and is expected to be a category four hurricane with winds faster than 100mph. States of emergency have been declared in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Evacuations have been ordered as the US East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence – in what may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades. South Carolina residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coast as the state prepares for the category four hurricane to make landfall later this week. More than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation orders in coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.