Hurricane Laura left a path of destruction and claimed numerous lives, becoming one of the strongest hurricanes to ever strike the United States.
A Category 4 hurricane with drenching rain and winds up to 241 km/h, Laura made landfall in Louisiana near the Texas border early Thursday and even spawned tornadoes before being downgraded to a tropical storm.
Laura destroyed entire neighbourhoods, knocking out electricity to millions but U.S. forecasters noted the hurricane was not as forceful as first thought.
Given the low lying, swampy landscape of the region, ‘unsurvivable’ storm surges had been predicted.
Prior to striking the U.S. Gulf Coast, Laura took at least two dozen lives in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Barry has been downgraded to a tropical depression after making landfall west of New Orleans on Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane.
Although Barry did not bring devastating flooding as some forecasters had originally thought similar to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, parts of Louisiana did receive more than 400 mm of rain which swamped the Mississippi River delta.
Emergency responders rescued at least 90 residents but there were no reports of fatalities.
Remnants of Barry have been moving northward with heavy rain across the American South up to the Midwest.
Floodwaters surround homes and vehicles in east Houston, Texas, USA, 28 Aug 2017 (Reuters)
Tropical Storm Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical depression but not before creating a new weather record in the United States.
Climatologists say Harvey is the worst rainfall event ever with 1318 mm (51.88 inches) of rain recorded at Cedar Bayou, Texas beating the previous mark of 1219 mm (48 inches) in Medina, Texas from Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978.
Thousands of residents could still be stranded and an estimated 40,000 homes have been destroyed by the storm in the Houston area.
Heavy rain is now moving over Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee with some areas expecting more than 200 mm.
Trees uprooted in St. John’s, NL, 11 Sept 2012 (CP photo)
Forecasters at the Canadian Hurricane Centre say an active hurricane season is expected this year with an above-average number of storms.
One or two storms typically make landfall in Eastern Canada every year with another two or three entering offshore waters.
Although the season officially begins in June, hurricane activity mainly occurs between mid-August and mid-October.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms, of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes.
In 2012, the Canadian Hurricane Centre monitored five tropical cyclones and issued bulletins on four storms – two which made landfall and two which stayed offshore.
On 11 September, former Hurricane Leslie struck Eastern Newfoundland causing minor damage and on 29-30 October, the far-reaching influence of Post-Tropical Storm Sandy was felt from Ontario to Atlantic Canada.
In the United States, Hurricane Isaac was the only storm to reach landfall as a hurricane in Louisiana and while Hurricane Sandy caused considerable damage in New Jersey and took 147 lives, it lost its status before striking land.