World weather news

World weather news, September 2019

Dorian was downgraded to a post-tropical storm as it made landfall near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday evening, but wind speeds still reached 150 km/h, similar in intensity to a category 2 hurricane. Trees, power lines and even a crane in downtown Halifax were knocked down by the powerful gusts, leaving half a million people without power and in many cases, without cellphone service. More than 100mm of rain also fell in less than 24 hours. Widespread damage nonetheless left emergency crews scrambling throughout the collection of Maritime provinces. Power technicians from Ontario, Quebec, Maine and as far away as Florida were dispatched to assist local crews restore power. The Canadian military also deployed forces to help clear roads. By Monday (9th), as power was restored in some areas, residents were left to assess damage. Many of the streets in Halifax, the largest city on the east coast, had large trees uprooted, tearing up sidewalks and roads and pulling down power lines. At least 200,000 remained without electricity in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
A powerful typhoon landed near Tokyo early this morning, killing at least three people and injuring about 40 as well as affecting hundreds of thousands of rush-hour commuters in the metropolitan area at the start of the week. East Japan Railway Co., also known as JR East, had suspended all lines in the greater Tokyo area as Typhoon Faxai made landfall near the city of Chiba, shortly before 5 a.m., as one of the strongest typhoons on record in the Kanto region. A woman in her 50s in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, was confirmed dead after a security camera captured her being blown off her feet and into a wall, according to police. The weather agency had warned that central and eastern Japan, including Tokyo, could see record winds, forcing airlines to cancel flights and some major roads to be closed. Authorities issued voluntary evacuation warnings to more than 390,000 people, as forecasters cautioned the rain and wind could reach "record" proportions.
Three tornadoes that hit Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Tuesday, have left residents reeling. In its wake, extensive damage from the twister has left an Advanced Auto Parts store in shambles and also caused severe damage to the Avera Heart Hospital. On Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said a preliminary survey revealed that three EF2 tornadoes had briefly touched down in Sioux Falls late Tuesday night, packing estimated winds of 125 mph.
Heatstroke has killed two people in Japan, officials said, as nearly half a million homes struggled with electricity outages after a powerful typhoon battered Tokyo and the surrounding area. A 93-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man were found unconscious at their respective homes on Tuesday and were later confirmed dead by doctors. At least 48 other people were sent to hospital for symptoms of heatstroke Tuesday, as the mercury rose above 35C in areas where electricity is still out after Typhoon Faxai hit on Monday. By Wednesday morning, some 456,000 households were still without power, Tokyo Electric Co. (TEPCO) said in a statement.

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Last updated 3 September 2019

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