Dozens injured, 2 dead after tornadoes hit Texas, Arkansas

In this Saturday, May 9, 2015 photo provided by Brian Khoury, a tornado touches down in Cisco, Texas. One person was killed Saturday night and another left in critical condition after the tornado hit Cisco, a rural farming and ranch area about 100 miles west of Fort Worth. (Brian Khoury via AP)

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Tornado watch issued until 5pm for New York City, Washington, parts of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York

WW0543 Radar

Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
Likelihood Moderate Low
Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
Moderate Moderate
Severe Hail 2″+ Hail
Very Low Very Low

Note:  The expiration time in the watch graphic is amended if the watch is replaced, cancelled or extended.
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   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 543
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   900 AM EDT MON OCT 7 2013

   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
     DELAWARE
     CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MARYLAND
     NEW JERSEY
     CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW YORK
     CENTRAL AND EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
     NORTHERN VIRGINIA
     COASTAL WATERS

   * EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 900 AM UNTIL
     500 PM EDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     SEVERAL TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS WITH A FEW SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO 75
       MPH POSSIBLE

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 100 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
   WASHINGTON DISTRICT OF COLUM TO 30 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF UTICA
   NEW YORK.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
   ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

   &&

   DISCUSSION...GRADUAL INCREASE IN SVR POTENTIAL IS FCST THROUGH
   REMAINDER MORNING AND INTO AFTN.  PRIMARY RISK WILL BE DAMAGING
   WIND...ALTHOUGH A FEW TORNADOES MAY OCCUR WITH EITHER QLCS/BOW
   CIRCULATIONS OR ANY SUPERCELLS THAT CAN DEVELOP AHEAD OF PRIMARY
   CONVECTIVE BANDS.  MRGL BUOYANCY...RICH LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE...AND STG
   DEEP/SPEED SHEAR WILL CHARACTERIZE AIR MASS IN PROSPECTIVE
   CONVECTIVE INFLOW.   AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
   SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 0.5 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
   WIND GUSTS TO 65 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
   450. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 22035.

(New) Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 7-pm: Mills County

October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

623 PM CDT FRI OCT 4 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…MILLS COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…NORTHEASTERN CASS COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA… UNTIL 700 PM CDT

* AT 618 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED SOUTHWEST OF PACIFIC JUNCTION…OR 20 MILES SOUTHEAST OF OMAHA…MOVING NORTH AT 60 MPH. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS STORM.

HAZARD…BASEBALL SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

‘Haboob’ Blankets Parts of Arizona

Incredible video footage has been posted online of the massive sandstorm which swept through the south western state of Arizona.

 

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The rolling wall of dust appeared early on Thursday afternoon in southern Pinal County and moved northwest through the towns of Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert.

The phenomenon is caused by sudden winds combined with extremely dry conditions kicking up dust.

The dust storm temporarily grounded some flights out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and knocked out electricity to about 2,000 customers in the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek areas.

Officials at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport halted some flights until wind gusts of up to 60mph subsided.

Salt River Project officials said about 2,000 of their customers in the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek area went without electricity due to the storms and crews were working to restore power.

Derecho Leaves Trail of Damage in Ohio Valley

July 10, 2013 Derecho

Radar loop and damaging/high wind reports (blue arrows) from a derecho on July 10, 2013 in the Ohio Valley. (Note: Some of these initial wind reports may have ended up being classified as tornado reports, following National Weather Service damage surveys)

Published: Jul 11, 2013, 7:22 AM EDT weather.com

A line of severe thunderstorms raced through the Ohio River Valley Wednesday, causing numerous power outages due to downed trees and powerlines. Severe Weather Expert Dr. Greg Forbes says the area of wind damage is concentrated enough and long enough to be classified as a derecho.

According to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, roughly 300 reports of either wind damage or high winds (greater than 58 mph) were received in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys on July 10, the majority of which were in a swath from eastern Illinois and Indiana into Ohio, western Pennsylvania, southwest New York, and northern West Virginia.

The National Weather Service will conduct damage surveys from Indiana to Pennsylvania Thursday to investigate whether some damage was caused by tornadoes.  Several photos from North Beaver Township, Pa. and also near Storrs, Conn. circulated via social media Wednesday.

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Ice Tsunamis Damage Lakefront Homes in Minn, Canada

Video from: PeopleNewsTrack

Published on May 13, 2013

Massive sheets of moving ice have damaged or destroyed lakefront homes in Canada and northern Minnesota. No injuries were reported.
In Minnesota, video of the weather phenomenon shows an enormous sheet of ice that appears to be creeping forward, traveling about 15 feet to invade some multi-story homes at Izatys Resort, the community bordering Mille Lacs.
The ice is seen pushing up against some homes.

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Weather plays havoc with final hours of Obama visit

Winds, dust clouds ground presidential choppers, lead to cancellation of formal airport farewell ceremony

Bethlehem on Friday, awaiting a belated President Obama amid a sandstorm (photo credit: Channel 2 screenshot)

Bethlehem on Friday, awaiting a belated President Obama amid a sandstorm (photo credit: Channel 2 screenshot)

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The arrival of inclement Mideastern weather Friday deeply disrupted the final hours of the visit to Israel and the West Bank by US President Barack Obama.

The air was filled with dust Friday morning and early afternoon, blown by strong winds. Visibility was minimal in and around Jerusalem, in the nearby West Bank area, and at Ben-Gurion Airport.

The president was supposed to be in Bethlehem at 12:30 p.m., for a visit to the Church of the Nativity, but only left Jerusalem shortly before 2 pm. He therefore met for far longer than expected at the King David Hotel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an intended brief, summing-up meeting that extended for some three hours.

Obama had then planned to fly by helicopter from Bethlehem, his final stop, to the airport, but that appeared impossible.

The Bethlehem visit was the Christian component of his Holy Land trip, and an element he was reportedly reluctant to cancel. In Bethlehem itself, Palestinian Authority security forces waited for hours for his arrival.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced that the planned farewell ceremony at the airport would be canceled because of winds whipping the tarmac, and that a smaller ceremony would be held without the press.

From the airport, Obama is slated to fly to Amman.

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