There are currently 3 named storms raging around the globe: Eboni (USA), Usman (Philippines), Yeti (Russia; I gave it the name!), creating a wave of weather chaos around the world. Here the latest updates:
A powerful and now deadly cyclone is currently hitting the Kuril Islands, Sakhalin, the Khabarovsk Territory and Kamchatka, Russia with winds
up to 33 m/s (74mph), power outages and tons of snow.
After 5 days of continuous snowfall, accumulation reaches up to the second floor of buildings:
It is completely crazy! The extreme snowmass also triggered many avalanches, with at least one deadly – at least 2 dead and 9 rescued – in the east of the Khabarovsk Territory.
The strong and intense winds damaged buildings and cars. The wind conditions also increased the water level in the Avachinskaya Bay, resulting in tidal waves, washing cars away in the Seroglazka microdistrict.
The strong winds were also responsible for a dramatic fire that burned down 25 buildings in the village of Maysky, Khabarovsk Territory:
Winter storm Eboni (USA)
Winter storm Eboni produced a snowy chaos for Northern Plains, killing 4 in Kansas (1), Minnesota (2), North Dakota (1), closing interstates, highways… and flooding Tennessee (1), Louisiana (1) as well as Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and Texas.
The Minnesota State Patrol said it responded to 167 crashes, 259 spinouts and 13 jackknifed semis on Thursday.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said it responded to at least 29 crashes during the storm. Ahead of the storm, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a disaster declaration on Wednesday.
— Governor Jeff Colyer (@GovJeffColyer) December 26, 2018
The University of North Dakota closed its campus Thursday in Grand Forks, while the Bismarck State Colleges also closed its offices.
Whiteout conditions from the storm forced the closure of portions of I-80 in Nebraska on Thursday. Eastbound I-80 and Highway 30 were closed from North Platte to Lexington. The roads were reopened Friday morning.
A New Mexico sheriff’s deputy was struck by a vehicle on a snowy road Wednesday.
— KOAT.com (@koat7news) December 26, 2018
Heavy snow in the Oklahoma Panhandle forced the closure of several highways, including state Highway 54, where several tractor-trailers jackknifed.
In Utah, two highway patrol vehicles were involved in separate crashes Wednesday on slick roads. No injuries were reported in either wreck, the Associated Press reported.
Snow and ice from Eboni closed northbound lanes on Southern California’s 15 Freeway near Cajon Pass for hours Tuesday following a chain-reaction crash involving about 40 vehicles:
In Tennessee, multiple rivers are flooding, and officials are warning people to just not wade through it.
In Georgia, first responders acted fast to save a woman and baby from the flood-swollen waters of Clay Creek Friday morning:
And in Louisiana, towns and villages were heavily flooded:
Tropical depression Usman (Philippines)
The tropical depression “Usman” has already reached the Philippine island of Samar and continues westwards toward the Visayas and Palawan island.
Conditions are dramatic:
Heavy rain warnings have been raised for the central part of the country.
Many areas are already flooded.
— Daily Tribune (@tribunephl) December 29, 2018
LOOK: Lope de Vega in Northern Samar is also submerged in flood due to continuous rains on Saturday. | via Miriam Desacada / Photos courtesy of Myra Bogtong pic.twitter.com/GBi8E20Qwb
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) December 29, 2018
The number of victims unknown. Many landslides have already occurred:
Our weather is going crazy lashing unprecedented storms around the world. Who’s next?