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.
At least eight deaths have been reported in the U.S. as the deadly polar vortex with frigid Arctic temperatures slammed the Midwest and headed east on Wednesday. The polar vortex has caused temperatures to drop much farther south than usual, with temperatures in certain areas of the Midwest comparable or below those in Antarctica, where the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station hit minus 25 degrees. “A record arctic air mass will remain over the central and eastern U.S. over the next several days,” the NWS warned Tuesday.
Severe winter weather, including snow and bitter cold is snarling air travel from the upper midwestern U.S. to Georgia this week. Temperatures will remain well below zero degrees Fahrenheit in the Chicago area on Wednesday and early Thursday with “dangerously cold wind chills” of as low as minus 50, the National Weather Service said. Airlines canceled more than 850 flights scheduled to fly to or from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday, about a third of the day’s schedule at the American Airlines and United Airlines hub.
At least three people were killed in a heavy snowstorm in North Carolina as hundreds were left without power. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Monday that ‘a year’s worth of snowfall’ touched down in one day. The storm was expected to move off the coast on Monday but remain a ‘dangerous system.’
Cyclone Titli swept across Eastern India destroying hundreds of homes and leaving at least eight people dead. Tropical Storm Michael is responsible for at least six deaths as one of the most powerful storms to make landfall on US mainland. The National Hurricane Center said Michael is getting stronger and transitioning to a post-tropical storm.
Hurricane Michael hit mainland US on Wednesday, killing two people and causing flooding, falling trees, and power outages. The category four storm is the third-strongest recorded in history to hit mainland US. Thirteen people were already killed in the storm when it passed through Central America. Michael has now weakened to a tropical storm.
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.
Hurricane Florence slowed to a Tropical Depression on Sunday while continuing to endanger communities, with the death toll reaching at least 16 across North and South Carolina. Rain and flooding are expected to continue throughout the week. Typhoon Mangkhut which left at least 33 miners dead and 29 missing in the Philippines is now moving across southern China.
Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina on Thursday in what could be the worst storm to affect the region in years. The powerful winds and rain are expected to continue through the weekend and next week. President Trump denied the reported death toll from Hurricanes Maria and Irma in Puerto Rico, accusing Democrats of inflating numbers.
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.