Tornado devastation in the Midwest’ as 60 twisters wreak havoc

Tornado devastation in the Midwest’: Death toll reaches six and one Illinois town is left totally destroyed after massive string of 60 twisters wreak havoc

  • Six people killed after dozens of tornadoes flattened large parts of the Midwest
  • Three people died in Massac County, two in Washington County and one in city of Washington, Tazewell County
  • Winds of 166 to 200mph reported in Washington County, The National Weather Service confirmed
  • Unusual late season storms moved east at about 60mph over five hours on Sunday
  • Dozens treated for injuries in Peoria as rescuers scrambled to uncover survivors in at least 70 leveled homes
  • A Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens game delayed for two hours as storms approached Chicago’s Soldier Field

Australia heading for hottest calendar year on record

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 11 (UPI) — Australia is on track to record its hottest-ever calendar year, a report from the Australian Climate Council said Monday.The report, given the title “Off the Charts,” shows October was 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the long-term average.”Off the back of the hottest September on record, October is also breaking records,” the council’s Will Steffen said.

“We have set the record again for the warmest 12-month period on record, from Nov. 1, 2012, to Oct. 31, 2013, and we are on track for the hottest calendar year on record,” he said.

Australia will likely experience increases in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, he said, specifically noting the risk of wildfires.

“Over the month of October New South Wales experienced devastating bush fires very early in the fire season,” he said. “This October was the second warmest on record in Sydney, at 3.6 degrees Celsius [5.4 degrees F] above the long-term average.”

Significant reductions in greenhouse emissions are needed to reduce the risk of more severe extreme weather in the future, he said, urging the federal government to take action.

“Our major trading partners, particularly China and the United States, are now moving in the right direction,” he said. “It is crucial that Australia steps up to the plate and plays its part.

Philippines typhoon leaves millions in need of food, water, shelter

MANILA — The scale of the devastation beginning to unfold in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan has stunned relief workers, who estimate that as many as 10 million people were affected by the storm that swept through the central Philippines late last week.

With many coastal areas still cut off from transportation and communications, government officials and relief workers were left guessing Monday as to the full impact of the storm, known as Yolanda by Filipinos.

“Right now we’re operating in a relative black hole of information,” Dr. Natasha Reyes, emergency coordinator in the Philippines for the international medical group Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement Monday. “We know from the very little we can see that the situation is terrible. But it’s what we don’t see that’s the most worrying.”

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Nov 9. 2013 – Biggest storm in history…

Biggest storm in history: More than 100 dead and MILLIONS affected across the Philippines… and now 235mph Typhoon Haiyan is heading for mainland Asia

  • Typhoon Haiyan was a maximum category-five storm with ground winds of up to 235mph
  • More than 100 people are believed to be dead with many more injured in storm that saw 800,000 evacuated
  • Gales whipped up 19ft waves which battered the islands of Leyte and Samar yesterday
  • Storm has now passed majority of the islands and is set to move inland towards Laos and Vietnam
  • Disaster relief teams are now attempting to get supplies to those most affected
  • International aid teams are being flown in to the devastated country with three UK experts arriving today
  • Locals, many of whom are pictured transporting corpses in wheelbarrows, now attempt to rebuild their lives

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Nov8, 2013 – The most powerful typhoon in history: Nearly 720,000 forced to evacuate

The most powerful typhoon in history: Nearly 720,000 forced to evacuate as 200mph winds spark landslides and destruction across the Philippines