Footage from Typhoon Haiyan shows exactly what a storm surge looks like.
It’s been a month full of crazy weather that I’m sure is just going to steadily get worse through the coming years. You know. Cause climate change.
At least six people have died and 31 people have been injured since a huge flurry of tornadoes ripped through the Midwest this weekend. The hardest hit town was Washington, Illinois, where the destruction of the EF-4 tornado’s path can clearly be seen from this aerial view.
The multiple tornadoes were caused by a fast moving storm system, where winds reached up to 200 mph in some areas. 81 tornadoes were reported across five states, making it the largest storm system to hit since 1986.
Illinois governor Pat Quinn declared a state of disaster in seven counties. We hope that all of our readers in Illinois and the surrounding states stay safe and find the help that they need. If you need anything, let us know and we’ll get it to you.
Video of the destruction in Washington, Illinois.
Early on Friday morning, a super typhoon since named Haiyan made landfall and pummeled into the Philippines. It is being called the strongest tropical cyclone ever observed, with sustained winds of nearly 315 kph (195 mph) and wind gusts of 380 kph (235 mph). The wind strength alone makes it comparable to a category 5 hurricane.
Authorities in the area have evacuated thousands of people to shelters. The president of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, warned residents of the danger in the next coming days. The area will experience flash floods and mudslides. Those who were affected in the earthquake on Bohol Island last month that killed over 200 people will be especially susceptible, as the island lies in the direct path of the typhoon.
The storm passes through Denmark, where it ripped down scaffolding from a building.
At first, I was going to poke fun at Europe because they seem to be freaking out over this storm. Then I saw the death toll and immediately felt bad.
Winds in Western and Northern Europe have reached up to 194 kph (120 mph), causing tens of thousands to lose power in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia. Swedes have been ordered to stay inside until the storm passes, as many of the deaths in Germany and England have occurred from falling trees and objects hitting cars and pedestrians.
A man narrowly escapes being hit by a falling tree in the Netherlands.
The storm, which has been dubbed “St. Jude” by UK media, has been carrying hurricane-force winds (most comparable to a category 1, for you US Midwesterners) and picked up steam when it passed over the North Sea late last night.
So far, there have been no reports of injury from Swedish media as the storm passes through, but many reports of overturned trucks, cars and roofs blown off buildings.
Mexico has been having a hard time these last couple days as two violent storms hit both coasts at the same time.
Hurricane Ingrid battered into the Gulf coast of Mexico, sending thousands of people to shelters before it downgraded to a tropical storm before touching ground. A landslide in Altotonga killed 12 people.
On the Pacific Coast, Tropical Storm Manuel killed 22 people, most of them in Guerrero state. The resort town of Acapulco has reportedly been hit the hardest, with 11 people dying there and the entire city still flooded with water. Other victims of the storm were in the Hidalgo, Puebla and Oaxaca regions.
Ingrid has reportedly lost some steam since it hit land, with winds hitting at just 45 mph, but forecasters warn that the east coast should still brace itself for flash floods, mud slides, and about 15 inches of rain in some parts.
Currently, over 20,000 people in on the coasts have lost power.
We wish those in Mexico safety as the two storms continue to pass through the area. Manuel has been downgraded to a tropical depression and Ingrid has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but that doesn’t mean the continuing rains won’t cause even more serious damage to an already devastated area.
Stay safe and good luck.
Naysayers of global climate change will have a difficult time explaining this phenomenon that was captured by a timelapse that was captured by the NOAA’s Arctic division. Previous years have apparently shown smaller wet spots that refreeze throughout the summer and though this isn’t the largest meltwater lake to form at the North Pole, it is still certainly disconcerting to watch.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that we can draw massive conclusions about climate change from one single timelapse, but maybe it’s worth thinking about. Or maybe it’s all good because Santa just bought a boat and, dammit, he’s gonna use it.