Irma swamps Florida

The impact of Hurricane Irma in Miami, FL, USA, 10 Sept 2017 (AP)

Irma was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm today after slamming Florida with destructive wind, heavy rain, flash flooding, high storm surges and even tornadoes.

Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, made landfall over the Florida Keys on Sunday before coming ashore near Naples and then heading up the state’s west coast.

Miami was not in the storm’s direct path but was still battered by strong winds which swayed high rise buildings, brought down three construction cranes and downtown streets were swamped.

In northeast Florida, Jacksonville had historic flooding after the swollen St. Johns River spilled its banks and officials said dangerous conditions were expected for several days.

Prior to arriving in the United States, Irma claimed 10 lives in Cuba according to state media after battering Havana and tourist resorts such as Varadero and Cayo Coco where the international airport was destroyed.

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Harvey hammers Houston

Flooding in Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston, TX, USA, 27 Aug 2017 (Twitter)


Harvey may have been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved inland over Texas but the U.S. National Weather Service stated “this event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced.”

Forecasters say the Houston metropolitan area could receive more than 1000 mm of rain from the storm over the next few days which has claimed at least five lives. 

By early today, more than 600 mm had fallen in America’s fourth largest city overwhelming lakes and rivers forcing thousands of residents scrambling into boats or onto rooftops to safety.

Tornado warnings have been lifted but a flash flood warning remains in place for much of southeastern Texas.

Microburst in Montreal

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Damage from microburst in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal, QC, 22 Aug 2017 (Instagram)


A sudden and powerful storm which meteorologists call a microburst created a path of damage in Montreal which included the Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough.

Strong, gusty linear winds up to 120 km/h brought down trees and power lines leaving thousands without electricity on Tuesday.

Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado struck Lachute, northwest of Montreal, where winds reached up to 180 km/h.

No one was hurt but hundreds of homes were damaged and some residents have been displaced.

Tornado touches down in Alberta

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Tornado swirling near Three Hills, AB, 02 June 2017 (TWN/Twitter)


A large tornado touched down in central Alberta near Three Hills on Friday afternoon amid severe thunderstorms.

Environment Canada had issued a tornado warning for the region which lasted about half an hour.

Officials say wind speeds up to 130 km/h caused damage to trees, roofs and buildings but no one was hurt.

Acadian Peninsula hit again

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Severe thunderstorm, Caraquet, NB, 18 May 2017 (R.Mallais/Twitter)

After a severe ice storm in February, the Acadian Peninsula has been hit with bad weather again and this time by possible tornadoes.

Environment Canada is investigating after social media showed downed power poles, partially collapsed roofs and overturned concrete last night.

Severe thunderstorms can cause straight line winds with gusts as high as 130 km/h which is the same strength as the lowest level of tornado.

NB Power is working to restore electricity for thousands in northeastern New Brunswick and it could be sometime tomorrow before full restoration occurs.

The same frontal trough of low pressure moved into Greater Moncton this afternoon creating a 9 degree temperature drop (23 C to 14 C) in less than an hour and a wind direction change from southwest to northeast.

Tornadoes hit SW Ontario

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Tornado forming near expressway in Windsor, ON, 24 Aug 2016 (Twitter)

Environment Canada has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Southwestern Ontario Wednesday night (24 August).

The first one struck in LaSalle and another one hit nearby Windsor.

No one was seriously hurt but emergency responders assessed reports of trees toppling over and property damage.

The mayor of Windsor said at least 15 homes in the city were too damaged for residents to re-enter.

Say it isn’t snow in Alberta!

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Snow falling in a Calgary backyard, 22 Aug 2016 (Twitter)


Snow is not unusual in Alberta in August but nevertheless no one wants to see it in late summer.

Calgary received a trace of snow while several centimetres fell in the foothills and in the Rocky Mountains.

The snow was part of a wild weather system which also brought thunderstorms, heavy rain, flooding, strong winds, a confirmed tornado and even a waterspout.

Rare tornado warning in central NB

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Tornado warning, 11 Aug 2016 (CTV/Twitter)

Shortly after 8:30 this morning, a rare tornado warning was issued in central New Brunswick for an area from Stanley to Blackville.

Environment Canada says a severe thunderstorm moving through the area with funnel clouds was capable of producing a tornado.

The most severe storm cells were tracked near Boiestown.

The tornado warning was in place for more than half an hour.

Meteorologists say tornadoes in the morning are extremely rare with most occurring in the late afternoon and early evening.

Tornado watch in Cape Breton

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Ominous clouds off Glace Bay, NS, 07 Aug 2016 (A. Petrie/Twitter)


A tornado watch may be rare for New Brunswick but it is even more so for Cape Breton Island.

Environment Canada issued a tornado watch for Sydney and Cape Breton County early Sunday evening for almost an hour.

Although some ominous clouds were spotted including potential funnel clouds, no tornadoes were reported.

Severe weather rolls through N.B.

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Boardwalk to Kellys Beach, Kouchibouguac National Park, 05 Aug 2016 (Dearing)

Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were posted across central and southern New Brunswick today.

At 5:16pm, Environment Canada issued a rare tornado watch for Grand Lake and Queens County noting conditions were favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which could produce tornadoes.

At 5:39pm, the tornado watch came to an end.

There were no immediate reports of tornadoes.

Greater Moncton was under a severe thunderstorm watch from about 4-7pm with some thunder heard and a brief but heavy rain shower.