Gordon hits U.S. Gulf Coast

Strong waves crashing ashore at Pensacola Beach, Florida, USA, 04 Sept 2018 (Instagram)

Tropical Storm Gordon has claimed at least one life after striking the American Gulf Coast late Tuesday near the Alabama-Mississippi border.

Authorities say strong winds caused a tree to fall on a mobile home in Pensacola, Florida where a child was found deceased.

The U.S. National Hurricane Centre says Gordon weakened as it moved inland and was not powerful enough to reach hurricane status.

Tornado warnings were issued after radar showed possible twisters stemming from the storm.

Forecasters say as much as 200 cm of rain (almost 80 inches) could fall and the system could have an impact on Eastern Canada by early next week.


Snowstorm slams Atlantic coast


Multi-vehicle pileup on interstate highway, Middletown, CT, USA, 07 Jan 2017 (Twitter)

A powerful winter storm moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought snowy and icy conditions from Alabama to Maine with more than 30 cm in parts of Virginia.

The low pressure system arrived in the Maritimes this evening with Nova Scotia expected to feel the brunt with up to 40 cm of snow expected.

A winter storm warning has been issued for Greater Moncton, Sussex, Saint John and Fundy National Park with 15-25 cm of snow and strong winds creating blowing snow by Sunday afternoon.

Northern New Brunswick is only expecting a few flurries to slight amounts of snow.

American South paralyzed by winter storm

Icy road littered with vehicles near Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 28 Jan 2014 (AP)

Icy road littered with vehicles near Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 28 Jan 2014 (AP)

All modes of travel were halted over the American South yesterday from Texas to North Carolina thanks to a winter storm that dumped freezing rain and snow on the region.

Although most areas received less than 10 cm of snow, the region is not used to wintry weather and some cities don’t even have snow plows or salt trucks.

At least five states declared emergencies when motorists were left stranded in their vehicles, students were forced to stay in schools overnight and many others sought shelter in churches and even grocery stores.

Icy highways led to hundreds of collisions, many involving tractor trailers which jack-knifed and blocked traffic.

The same system is impacting the Maritimes today with less than 5 cm of snow expected in New Brunswick and higher amounts near the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

American Southeast Soaker!

Pensacola, Florida, USA, 09 June 2012 (AP Photo)

This may be hurricane season but it wasn’t a hurricane that dumped more than 300 mm of rain to parts of the American Southeast over the weekend.

Flood warnings stretched along the U.S. Gulf Coast from Florida to Mississippi on Monday after heavy rain damaged homes, blacked out a jail and spun off at least one tornado in Alabama.

The U.S. Weather Service says Pensacola, Florida was one of the hardest hit areas with 380 mm (15 inches) of rain reported by Monday.

Tornadoes tear up American Midwest

Henryville in southern Indiana USA, 02 Mar 2012 (AP)

Tornado season is well underway in the American Midwest after at least 40 people were killed in a series of vicious twisters.

The storms created a path of destruction in the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia.

“The damage I saw was the worst I’ve seen.  It was a war zone, debris everywhere, buildings destroyed, other buildings just the walls standing, roofs gone.  It was a terrible sight.”

Those words from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear who described his visit to the tornado-ravaged town of West Liberty.