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November 9, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan kills hundreds as storm plows through Philippines

  • 1,200+ the number of people estimated to be killed in the Philippines, based on early counts, from the category 5 Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the country Friday.
  • 4M+ the number of people who were affected by the storm, according to news reports. At least 800,000 were forced to abandon their homes. A mayor in a community affected by the super storm described the 147mph storm, the year’s strongest worldwide, as “like a 747 flying just above my roof.” source
10:45 // 5 months ago
May 21, 2013
nbcnews:

Before and after: Tornado cuts devastating path through Oklahoma
(Before photo: Bing, after photo: AP)
Briarwood Elementary School, bottom right in Oklahoma City, Okla. before  and after the tornado hit on May 20.
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This before-and-after comparison lays bare the force of the tornado, evoking strongly the sights and memories from the 2011 catastrophe in Joplin, Missouri. Our thoughts as always are with the victims — in case you missed it, the death toll in Oklahoma was revised downward from 51 yesterday to just 24 today, a measure of mercy in the face of this tragedy.

nbcnews:

Before and after: Tornado cuts devastating path through Oklahoma

(Before photo: Bing, after photo: AP)

Briarwood Elementary School, bottom right in Oklahoma City, Okla. before  and after the tornado hit on May 20.

See more photos.

This before-and-after comparison lays bare the force of the tornado, evoking strongly the sights and memories from the 2011 catastrophe in Joplin, Missouri. Our thoughts as always are with the victims — in case you missed it, the death toll in Oklahoma was revised downward from 51 yesterday to just 24 today, a measure of mercy in the face of this tragedy.

21:56 // 11 months ago
May 20, 2013

brooklynmutt:

Time lapse of the Oklahoma tornado. This is stunning and terrifying.” - @colinjones

via wmctv

19:39 // 11 months ago
September 8, 2012
It was kind of like a waterslide. But like the waterslide was like very, very steep and went about 20 miles an hour.
14-year-old Parma, Ohio resident Jeffrey LaPorta • Describing the trip he took through a series of drain pipes on Tuesday, as he feel into a giant puddle during a major rain storm and was sucked into the drain. He traveled over a quarter-mile and held his breath for nearly two minutes before finding a spot with breathing room where he could await rescue. ”I thought I traveled only 20 feet,” he said regarding the 1,500-foot ride.
0:04 // 1 year ago
June 30, 2012

The derecho that whipped the East Coast: A massive storm’s aftermath

  • 90mph the maximum winds reported from the storm, which started in the Midwest
  • 13 the number of people killed by the line of storms, from Indiana to New Jersey
  • 3M the number of people who went without power, many in the Washington DC area source

» Strong, windy and quick: As anyone in the Mid-Atlantic region will tell you, the storm that slammed the region last night was there and gone within an hour — but for a good half an hour or so, it was heavy. The style of storm even has a proper name — the derecho. Or as National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Jackson put it: ”It’s one of those storms. It just plows through.” And yes, this storm is what took down Netflix and Instagram.

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18:21 // 1 year ago
May 27, 2012
Beryl bears down: Tropical storm gets early jump on storm season
Tropical storm Beryl threatens the East Coast: With sustained winds of up to 60 mph, Beryl is headed west from the Atlantic Ocean on toward the Florida/Georgia area. The storm is expected to pick up strength and make landfall in northeastern Florida on Sunday, go into southeastern Georgia and then spin out of South Carolina and back into the ocean by Tuesday or Wednesday. Are people concerned about this storm? We’ll let you be the judge: ”We enjoy the storms. We live here,” Teri Hood told Central Florida News 13. “As long as there are cocktails for the weekend, that’s it.” source
Update: @breakingstorm reports that Beryl is now officially a tropical storm.
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Tropical storm Beryl threatens the East Coast: With sustained winds of up to 60 mph, Beryl is headed west from the Atlantic Ocean on toward the Florida/Georgia area. The storm is expected to pick up strength and make landfall in northeastern Florida on Sunday, go into southeastern Georgia and then spin out of South Carolina and back into the ocean by Tuesday or Wednesday. Are people concerned about this storm? We’ll let you be the judge: ”We enjoy the storms. We live here,” Teri Hood told Central Florida News 13. “As long as there are cocktails for the weekend, that’s it.” source

Update: @breakingstorm reports that Beryl is now officially a tropical storm.

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13:58 // 1 year ago
April 3, 2012

Pretty scary scene near Dallas right now, where a very bad storm is producing tornadoes and hail throughout the region, causing what’s been referred to as “tremendous damage.” In this video found by @Breaking, that’s golf-sized hail. Freaking scary. Everyone stay safe out there.

16:32 // 2 years ago
October 31, 2011

East Coast snowstorm bad for staying warm, good for ghost stories

  • 3 million people still without power in the northeast after snowstorms source

» At least five states reported major outages this morning. With record-setting snowfalls snapping tree limbs, power lines were severed cutting power off for millions. The official winter season doesn’t start for 52 more days, so start preparing now. Worst. Halloween. Ever.

23:11 // 2 years ago
August 31, 2011

Tropical Storm Katia could become Hurricane Katia overnight

  • yeah … Meteorologists expect Tropical Storm Katia to strengthen into a hurricane tonight — making it the second Atlantic-based hurricane in a week. (Dunno if you heard, but the last one was a bit of a doozy.) The storm’s current path shows Katia moving west-northwest toward North America.
  • … but Don’t freak out yet, though — the storm may never actually hit land. See, storms in the Atlantic often get blown off course by jet stream winds that run west-to-east across the U.S. Those winds plus east-to-west winds across Africa cause the storm to “recurve.” Many hurricanes die out this way. source

» A coulda-been Katrina: Storm-trackers give hurricanes their names based on six standardized lists that they then cycle through; each year has a different list, so we’ll see 2011’s list again in 2017. Had 2005 not been a devastating year of storms, Katia would still be “Katrina”.

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21:17 // 2 years ago
August 27, 2011
Via Twitter user @Irene: FX’s choice of counter-programming during the storm is questionable.

Via Twitter user @Irene: FX’s choice of counter-programming during the storm is questionable.

14:05 // 2 years ago