Deadly flooding hits southern Italy
A low pressure area is producing heavy rain and strong winds in parts of southern Italy since January 21, 2017. The storm produced wind gusts up to 150 km/h (93 mph), locally large hail and at least two waterspouts, of which one reached land and damaged homes. At least one person has died.
Torrential rain and strong winds were affecting the provinces of Agrigento, Messina, Trapani, Palermo, Catania, ANSA reported. Two rivers in Syracuse have overflowed and a stretch of the road in Girifalco, Catanzaro collapsed due to a landslide on January 23, it added. Read More
Record-breaking rainfall hits Southern California
The third in a series of powerful winter storms hit Southern California on Sunday, January 22, 2017, with record-breaking rainfall. The storm downed trees, flooded numerous roads and freeways, caused new mudslides and rockslides, and stranded people in rising waters. At least 4 people have died and three are missing.
Evacuation orders were issued for burn areas in Glendora, Duarte, Silverado Canyon in Orange County and parts of Santa Barbara County before the storm hit. According to the Los Angeles Times, the storms hit Sunday afternoon (local) time and the coastal areas of Los Angeles County were among the hardest hit. Read More
.Severe weather kills 19 in US, rare ‘high risk’ outlook issued
At least 15 people have died in south Georgia on Sunday, January 22, 2017, after powerful storms swept through the region. After 4 deaths in Mississippi on Saturday, this makes the death toll from severe weather outbreak across the South rise to 19.
A rare ‘high risk’ severe weather outlook has been issued today by the Storm Prediction Center: Severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak is expected from north Florida and south Georga, with a significant severe threat also expected to extend southward into central Florida and northwestward into South Carolina this evening; a few long-track, strong tornadoes will be possible. Read More here.
Heavy snowfall in Oregon, Idaho, Alaska is causing buildings to collapse
BOISE — For buildings in parts of the snow-covered U.S. West, it has become a winter where the weak do not survive.
The accumulated weight of snow has crushed an old lumber mill in Oregon, the main grocery store in a small Idaho town, a sports complex in Alaska and a conference center in Colorado, among others. Read and see more.
Deadliest January for tornadoes since 1969
Severe weather outbreak in the southeastern United States on Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22, produced destructive tornadoes which killed 19 people, 15 in southern Georgia and 4 in Mississippi. In total, this round of severe weather is responsible for 20 deaths.
Although it is important to note that these numbers are still preliminary and could change as more information is collected, they made January 2017 the month with most tornado deaths since January 1969 when 32 people lost their lives and the second deadliest January on record (1959 – 99), according to Storm Prediction Center. For comparison, January 1969 saw only 3 tornadoes while preliminary reports for January 2017 mention 109.
Of note is January 1999, with a total of 212 tornadoes and 18 deaths. Furthermore, in just two days, the death toll from tornadoes in January 2017 topped the entire 2016 (the year with second-fewest tornado deaths) when 17 people were killed. On average, between 1950 and 1999, tornadoes were responsible for 89 deaths per year. For January, this average is only 2. Read more here