Fading tropical storm batters Ontario

Courtesy Weather Nation

The remnants of Tropical Storm Olga were felt across Southern Ontario on the weekend with rainy and windy conditions.

Environment Canada says between 30 and 60 mm of rain fell across the region including the Greater Toronto Area.

Wind gusts were up to 80 km/h in some locations with a peak of 104 km/h recorded at Port Colborne on Lake Erie.

Olga formed in the Gulf of Mexico several days ago and made landfall in Louisiana before quickly churning northward toward the Great Lakes.

Forecasters are calling for more wet weather and cooler conditions by Halloween.

Barry weakens after making landfall

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.

Louisiana braces for Barry

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Tropical Storm Barry continues churning in the northern Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of more than 100 km/h.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Barry is expected to make landfall as a hurricane along the coast of Louisiana on Saturday morning.

The city of New Orleans is on alert for heavy rain (up to 500 mm) and flooding along with storm surges although no evacuations have yet been ordered.

This is the first tropical system to impact the United States in 2019.

After landfall, Barry is expected to weaken and head northward through the Mississippi Valley.

Nate makes U.S. landfall twice

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Canadian Hurricane Centre image, 12PM ADT, 08 Oct 2017 (EC)


After striking land in Louisiana and later in Mississippi early today, Hurricane Nate has weakened to a tropical storm as it heads inland over the Southeastern United States.

Sustained winds of 140 km/h had dropped to 70 km/h after landfall but storm surges caused flooding along the Gulf coast and more than 200 mm of rain could fall in some areas.

Nate originated in the southwestern Caribbean Sea and claimed more than 30 lives in Central America before moving northward.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre has issued a tropical cyclone statement for Southern Ontario with remnants of the storm expected to bring up to 40 mm of rain on Thanksgiving Day.

Harvey finally downgraded

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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.

Devastating floods in Louisiana

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Aerial view of flooding near Baton Rouge, LA, USA, 15 Aug 2016 (USDA)

A tropical depression-like low pressure system crawled over the American Gulf Coast states during the last week delivering a deluge to Louisiana.

Already prone to flooding due to its low elevation, some parts of the state were hammered with more than 700 mm of rain in only 48 hours.

More than 40,000 homes have been flooded with thousands forced to evacuate.

The American Red Cross has declared the Louisiana floods the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Karen is coming!

Workers board up a hardware store in Pensacola, Florida, USA (AP)

Workers board up a hardware store in Pensacola, Florida, USA, 05 Oct 2013 (AP)

Tropical Storm Karen stalled today as it moved toward the American Gulf Coast but forecasters say it will still bring high winds and heavy rain to an area from Louisiana to Florida.

Voluntary evacuations are in place for low-lying areas of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans is expecting flooding and power outages.

Karen was poised to be only the second named storm to make landfall in the United States during an unusually quiet hurricane season.

The first was Tropical Storm Andrea which hit Florida in June and its remnants drenched the Maritimes.

Busy hurricane season predicted

Trees uprooted in St. John's, NL, 11 Sept 2012 (CP photo)

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.

Isaac lashes Louisiana

Flooding in Laplace, Louisiana, USA from Hurricane Isaac, 30 August 2012 (Times-Picuyne)

Louisiana got the worst of Hurricane Isaac with howling wind and heavy rain but New Orleans was mostly spared on the seventh anniversary of Katrina.

Isaac stalled for several hours before resuming a slow trek inland as a tropical storm.

The slow motion over land meant Isaac was a major soaker dumping up to 500 millimetres of rain in some areas. 

Only one death was reported from the storm in the United States but at least 24 were killed in Haiti.

Hurricane Isaac slams American Gulf Coast

Satellite image of Hurricane Isaac, 28 August 2012 (NOAA/Reuters)

Hurricane Isaac made landfall early tonight along the American Gulf Coast, about 145 km southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Forecasters say a dangerous storm surge is expected from the Category 1 hurricane which is packing winds near 130 km/h.

Many residents along the low-lying coast boarded up their homes Tuesday and moved inland.

Residents of New Orleans were allowed to stay put and were assured that levees reinforced after Hurricane Katrina could easily withstand the storm.