World weather news, April 2015
- Following back-to-back major eruptions at Calbuco volcano in southern Chile, neighboring communities are covered in ash and flights have been suspended in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Wednesday's eruption is the first in more than 42 years. After each eruption, the winds aloft pushed the ash to the north and east of the volcano; the volcanic ash dropped visibility down to 500 m at San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, Thursday afternoon.
- Coast guard crews continued searching Sunday for five people missing in the water after recovering two bodies following a powerful storm that capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA. More than 100 sailboats and as many as 200 people were participating in the Dauphin Island regatta in Mobile Bay. Officials on Sunday said not all of the missing people were participating in the race.
- A strong thunderstorm crossed Sydney, Australia, on Saturday, covering the ground with hail. The thunderstorm crossed the city during the late-afternoon hours on Saturday. In excess of 50 mm of rain and hail flooded roadways and covered yards. While individual hailstones were not large in size, the amount of hail was enough to bring significant problems The centre of the storm and heaviest rainfall tracked just to the west and south of Sydney Harbourr, sparing the city-center from the worst of the conditions. However, highly populated suburbs were hit hard with flooding and damaging hail. The hail has caused five warehouses to collapse from the weight of the hail. Reports from Fire and Rescue New South Wales said that buildings in Huntingwood had 50 cm of hail on their roofs which caused the collapses.
- A small-cyclone has torn through roofs and has brought down trees and power lines in north Pakistan, killing 45 people and injuring more than 200, officials have said. The head of the local meteorological office, Mushtaq Shah, said: "We've never experienced such a devastating wind storm before in this region. Its speed in the open was more than 75 mph and that's what caused destruction on such a large scale. It's a completely new phenomenon in this region." The wind, accompanied by heavy rain and hail late on Sunday, disrupted power supplies and telecommunications services and damaged infrastructure and crops.
- Severe storms hot parts of eastern Texas Sunday into early Monday morning with softball-sized hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. A tornado struck Rio Vista, Texas, about 40 miles south of Fort Worth, late Sunday night. Local emergency management reported of overturned trucks and various building damage, including to the local high school. Strong winds, some reaching near the 70-mph mark, sent trees crashing down from Fort Worth to Houston. Thousands of people were without power into Monday morning as electric crews rushed to repair downed power lines. Early Monday morning, Navasota, Texas, was struck by a tornado and two residences were reportedly hit. Flash flooding also sparked travel delays across the region with multiple water rescues conducted in Johnson County. Damaging storms swept through southern Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi on Monday. Storms with drenching rain also reached the western part of the Florida panhandle. Thunderstorm winds blew several railroad cars off the Huey P. Long Bridge in Metairie, Louisiana Monday morning. Elsewhere, the roofs of several homes were damaged in Thibodaux, Louisiana. A tornado was spotted in the area by law enforcement. More than 150,000 Entergy Louisiana customers were without power during the midday hours Monday. Power was also knocked out at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Wind gusts of up to 71 mph were measured at the airport during the storm.
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Last updated 1 May 2015.