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.

Nate makes U.S. landfall twice


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


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.

Deadly tornadoes strike American South

Tornado destruction in Mayflower, Arkansas, 28 April 2014 (AP)

Tornado destruction in Mayflower, Arkansas, 28 April 2014 (AP)

More than 30 people have been killed by a series of tornadoes across the American South since Sunday.

The states of Arkansas and Mississippi have been hardest hit with hundreds injured, neighborhoods flattened, homes reduced to splinters and trees snapped like twigs.

Tornadoes have also knocked out power to tens of thousands across several states.

Forecasters were calling for more severe conditions today especially near the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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.

Rare November snow in Southern USA

Snow falls in Memphis, TN, USA, 28 Nov 2011 (AP)

Snow does fall in the American South but rarely in November as it did yesterday and today.

Snow fell in cities such as Nashville, Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee (where as much as 10 cm was reported) which seldom see more than a few flakes before December. 

U.S. weather officials say the last time Nashville saw more than two centimetres of snow in November was in 1966.

Tupelo, Mississippi has only seen three days with measurable snowfall in November since 1930.       

Schools closed in some areas after the snow created icy bridges and overpasses.