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TORNADOS, TROPICAL STORMS, TYPHOONS, HURRICANES

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Because this is still a result of Hurricane Isaac, I will post this info here...

Mandatory evacuation for area between Locks 1 and 2 on Pearl River Diversion Canal

wwltv.com

Posted on September 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Updated today at 8:43 PM

"St. Tammany Parish EOC calling immediate and mandatory evacuation for area between Locks 1  and 2on the Pearl River Diversion Canal and South to highway 36 between Bush and Hickory.

"Failure of Lock 2 is imminent," says a statement from the EOC around 3:30 p.m. About two hours later, the Corps of Engineers said the overtopping/erosion of Lock 2 has stopped because the parish has opened a valve to release pressure.

The Corps said that valve opening has lowered the level of the water and that it would stay on site and continue to monitor the situation. A mandatory evacuation will remain until they give the all clear.

Displaced residents have a shelter option at Creekside Jr. High.

The area under the evacuation covers Bush to the north, Hickory to the south and east of Highway 41, according to Suzanne Parsons, the public information officer for St. Tammany Parish."

http://www.wwltv.com/news/northshore/URGENT--168268976.html

There are several videos over to the right to watch about the flooding...

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Hurricane Isaac: Utilities Report Thousands Still In The Dark Across Louisiana And Mississippi

s of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, nearly a week after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/03/hurricane-isaac-utilities-louisiana-mississippi_n_1852480.html

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Hurricane Isaac: Utilities Report Thousands Still In The Dark Across Louisiana And Mississippi

Sept 3, 2012

CAIN BURDEAU and KEVIN McGILL

"NEW ORLEANS — Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, nearly a week after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water.

Most of those were in Louisiana, where utilities reported more than 100,000 people without power. Thousands also were without power in Mississippi and Arkansas.

President Barack Obama visited Monday, a day ahead of the Democratic National Convention, and walked around storm damage in St. John the Baptist Parish, where subdivisions were soaked in water from Isaac.

"I know it's a mess," Obama said as he approached a resident in the Ridgewood neighborhood. "But we're here to help."

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"I think it's awesome to have a president that cares and wants to come out and see what he can do," Melton, 60, said.

A few houses away, Ed Powell said Isaac was enough to make him question whether to stay.

"I know Louisiana's a gambling state, but we don't want to gamble in this method because when you lose this way, you lose a lot."

Powell said even if Obama comes up with a plan or solution to the flooding problem in his area, time is not on the residents' side.

"Even if they narrow down what the problem is and begin to resolve the problem, it usually takes years. And between now and whenever, a lot of things can happen," Powell said.

Read more at...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/03/hurricane-isaac-utilities-louisiana-mississippi_n_1852480.html

So sorry for these people...can  you imagine?  I can't...

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I can imagine,breezy.I have seen it first hand.

Best thing to do is relocate.

But then a tornado hits your town,your schools,your house.

Or an earthquake hits.

I guess you deal with what nature throws at you and move on.

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Ragged remains of Isaac are back over the Gulf of Mexico

Carrie Rose

Sept 6, 2012

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"RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The low pressure center that is composed of part of the ragged remains of Hurricane Isaac is now back over the Gulf of Mexico Thursday. Isaac split into two separate low pressure systems inland over the past week since making landfall in southeast Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says, though, that if this low pressure system over the Gulf organizes and intensifies into a tropical system, it will not be renamed “Isaac.” Why? Well, I’ll let the NHC explain their rules…

“OK, now everybody get your lawyer and grammar hats on. The National Weather Service rule that applies here reads: ‘if the remnant of a tropical cyclone redevelops into a tropical cyclone, it is assigned its original number or name.’

Notice the rule says ‘the’ remnant, and not ‘a’ remnant. This means that the storm’s primary remnant (and not just any old part of it) has to re-develop in order for the name to be retained. Since the primary remnant of Isaac was still in Kentucky when the new low formed and broke away, the rule dictates that the new low is not entitled to the name Isaac."

Read the rest of the story here..

http://wtvr.com/2012/09/06/ragged-remains-of-isaac-are-back-over-the-gulf-of-mexico/

UPDATED Sept 7, 2012

Isaac's Ghost: Another Gulf Threat?

Jon ErdmanUpdated: Sep 7, 2012,

http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/isaac-ghost-gulf-coast-20120905

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2 tornadoes touch down in Queens, Brooklyn

Sept 8, 2012

"Now that's a Brooklyn Cyclone!

Two tornadoes struck New York City on Saturday, one swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister hit moments later, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.

Videos taken by bystanders showed a funnel cloud sucking up water, then sand, and then small pieces of buildings, as the first moved through the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens."

"PHOTOS: TORNADO RIPS THROUGH NEW YORK

The second hit west, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn also near the water, about seven minutes later. The National Weather Service said winds were up to 110 miles per hour, and several homes and trees were damaged.

No serious injuries were reported."

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/tornado_hits_beach_off_coney_island_O8QHGmMoi04EUCFQFD333O#ixzz25wSTVS2Q

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Tropical storm Leslie hammers Newfoundland

Sept 11, 2012

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"Fortune, Newfoundland

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the center of Tropical Storm Leslie has made landfall in Fortune, Newfoundland."

"Meteorologist Bob Robichaud says the potent storm touched down at about 8:30 a.m. AST (7:30 a.m. EST, 1130 GMT) as it continued to barrel north-northeast.

He says a swath of the province from Fortune, on the Burin Peninsula, all the way east to St. John's on the Avalon Peninsula was getting pounded with stiff winds and heavy rains.

Winds were still building, with the St. John's airport recording hurricane-force gusts of up to 81 mph (131 kph), while waves were reaching 10 yards (meters) at an offshore buoy.

There were widespread power outages in St. John's and communities along the southeastern coast of the Avalon Peninsula.

Heavy rains also drenched province's western portion.'

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0911/Tropical-storm-Leslie-hammers-Newfoundland

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NASA sees Sanba become a super typhoon

Sept 13, 2012

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NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Super Typhoon Sanba on Sept. 13 at 12:47 a.m. EDT. AIRS infrared data found an eye (the yellow dot in the middle of the purple area) about 20 nautical miles wide, surrounded by a thick area of strong thunderstorms (purple) with very cold cloud temperatures. Credit: Ed Olsen, NASA/JPL

"Tropical Storm Sanba exploded in intensity between Sept. 12 and 13, becoming a major Category 4 Typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. NASA's Aqua satellite captured infrared data that showed a large area of powerful thunderstorms around the center of circulation, dropping heavy rain over the western North Pacific Ocean."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-nasa-sanba-super-typhoon.html#jCp

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New Typhoon Heads To Korea; North Korea Already Reels

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Just as another typhoon headed toward the Korean peninsula, North Korea on Friday summarized the damage from the late summer storm season – 300 dead and another 600 injured or missing. North Korea’s state news agency said that the worst damage came from the typhoon called Bolaven that swept over the peninsula on Aug. 28 and 29. That storm alone killed 59 people and left about 26,320 people homeless after about 8,000 houses were destroyed by rain and flooding. For a country that is so poor and inefficient that each year’s summer storms leave it a disastrous wreck, North Korea provides strikingly precise data about the damage. Since mid-June, storms and floods damaged or destroyed 87,280

http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2012/09/14/new-typhoon-heads-to-korea-north-korea-already-reels/?mod=google_news_blog

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Five dead as storm rips across South America

Sept 19, 2012

"A fierce storm packing 140-kilometer (87-mile) an hour winds tore across the heart of South America on Wednesday, killing five people in Paraguay and wreaking havoc in Argentina and Uruguay.

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Four police cadets died and 15 were injured when the roof of their dormitory collapsed, and a 16-year-old boy died at a shopping center when a water tank collapsed on him outside a pharmacy.

"Roque Alonso has to be built all over again," police commander Heriberto Marmol said.

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"The wind was less severe further south in Argentina and Uruguay, around 100 kilometers (62 mph) per hour, but strong gusts still ripped of roofs and toppled trees and power lines, plunging some regions into darkness."

read more at

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Five_dead_as_storm_rips_across_South_America_999.html

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Super-typhoon Jelawat

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Strengthening of Typhoon Jelawat Monday has boosted the mighty storm's status to "Super-typhoon."

The powerful and extremely dangerous storm has continued to be of great interest to residents of northern Philippines and Taiwan. Those land masses could eventually feel directs effects of Jelawat, depending upon the path it takes.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/andrews/supertyphoon-jelawat/78344

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1.5m people displaced by floods in India

GUWAHATI, India: Floods have forced nearly 1.5 million people to flee their homes in north-eastern India where authorities have declared a health alert, officials said on Monday.

“Eighteen of 27 districts of Assam have been hit by floods with 1.4 million displaced and 11 people drowned in separated incidents in the past week,” the Disaster Management agency said in a statement.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-1-133884-15m-people-displaced-by-floods-in-India

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Hurricane Miriam reaches Category 3 status- to threaten Baja, California Peninsula

Sept 25, 2012

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"September 25, 2012 – CALIFORNIA – Hurricane Miriam became a Category 3 storm Monday as it churned in the Pacific Ocean several hundred miles off the Mexican coast, U.S. forecasters said. Miriam had sustained winds of 120 mph as it roared about 405 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, moving on a northwest track at 9 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory. The hurricane center said Miriam was expected to slow down, lose power and gradually turn to the north Wednesday. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 30 miles from its center, with tropical storm-force winds reaching out up to 125 miles. Winds gusting to 43 mph were reported at Clarion Island. No watches or warnings were in place, but dangerous surf and swells were forecast for the south and west coasts of the southern Baja Peninsula during the next couple of days. –Wunderground"

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/  Thanks to Alvin at extinctionprotocol....he does a grand job of keeping things current..

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Monster typhoon headed for Fukushima — Forecast shows direct hit Sunday (MAPS & VIDEO)

Sept 28, 2012

"PhysOrg, Sept. 28: NASA sees super Typhoon Jelawat Affecting Japan [...] Super Typhoon Jelawat is a large and powerful storm that has been bringing very rough seas to areas in the western North Pacific. NASA’s Terra satellite passed over the monster storm and captured a visible image as it nears the big island of Japan [see Below].

Location of Fukushima Daiichi

Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog, Sept. 28: The models are in close agreement that Jelawat will pass over or very close to Okinawa, Japan, as a Category 2 or 3 typhoon on Saturday, between 03 – 06 UTC. Jelawat could hit the main island of Honshu in Japan as a tropical storm or Category 1 typhoon on Sunday.

Washington Post, Sept. 28: Now it’s heading northeast toward the Ryukyu Islands and then the main Japanese islands by the end of the weekend."

http://enenews.com/typhoon-jelawat-forecast-to-hit-fukushiam-daiichi-on-sunday-maps-video

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Rare September Tornado Hits Near Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sept 29, 2012

"A tornado touched down in Eighty Four, Pa., on Thursday around 4 p.m. The tornado did minimal damage; however, there was no tornado warning out for the area. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh gave a detailed explanation of why the storm that produced the tornado did not meet the criteria for a warning:

"A surface low pressure system was moving across the upper Ohio Valley towards the Pittsburgh area associated with showers. As the system moved over Allegheny County, however, it strengthened and spawned heavy rain with windy conditions. The system then moved east and weakened. The greatest instability for thunderstorms to develop was well to the south along the Mason-Dixon Line. Thunderstorms did indeed occur in parts of West Virginia and Maryland in the evening.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issues Tornado Watches and Severe Thunderstorm Watches. There were no watches issued for our forecast area. In fact, the Pittsburgh area was not even in a Slight Risk area for severe thunderstorms. The nearest Slight Risk area issued by SPC was to our southeast over parts of WV, MD, and VA.

So you're probably wondering what happened with all these reports of flooding, wind damage, and possibly a tornado and what defines a severe thunderstorm. By definition the National Weather Service defines a severe thunderstorm as producing at least 1 inch in diameter of hail, winds of at least 58 mph, or 1 or more tornado (the result of a tornado would be a Tornado Warning). The "huge swirl" on the radar some of you may have seen was the actual surface low pressure spinning counter-clockwise associated with vorticity maximum within the shortwave crossing the region."

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Read the whole story here..

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/western-pennsylvania-tornado/80695

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Powerful typhoon hits southern Japan

Sept 30, 2012

" powerful typhoon is approaching Japan's main island. Forecasters are warning against windstorms, landslides and flooding.

The Meteorological Agency says typhoon Jelawat was 260 kilometers east of Tanegashima Island as of 6 AM on Sunday. The typhoon is moving northeast at 45 kilometers per hour.

The agency says the atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm is 945 hectopascals with winds of up to 162 kilometers an hour.

The typhoon is expected to continue northward and approach western Japan with rainfall of 50 millimeters per hour.

Jelawat has battered southern islands of Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures.

At least 85 people have been treated for injuries so far. More than 4,400 households have received evacuation advisories in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The typhoon has knocked out electrical power at about 260,000 households in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures."

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120930_04.html

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19 killed, 1,500 fishermen missing in Bangladesh storm

October 11, 2012

"At least 19 people were killed and an estimated 1,500 fishermen are missing after tropical storms smashed into Bangladesh's southern coastal islands and districts early Thursday, police said."

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"At the worst-hit island of Hatiya, at least seven people were killed after they were buried under their houses or hit by fallen trees, said local police chief Moktar Hossain. More than 1,000 houses were flattened.

"More than 100 fishing trawlers, each carrying at least 10 fishermen, have been missing since the storm," he told AFP, calling it one of the most powerful in decades.

Many fishermen are expected to have taken shelter in other remote islands in the Bay of Bengal or in the neighbouring Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.

In the past, many fishermen thought to be missing from storms returned home to coastal villages a week or two later."

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/19_killed_1500_fishermen_missing_in_Bangladesh_storm_999.html

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Bill Read's Blog: Rare Tropical Cyclone in Indian Ocean

Oct. 15, 2012

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"HOUSTON -

Tropical Cyclone Anais is estimated to have a maximum wind of 115 mph as of early this morning, which is equivalent to a category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.

The southwestern Indian Ocean is prone to tropical cyclones but what makes Anais so rare is that it is occurring in October, which is early springtime in the southern Hemisphere.

The peak period for tropical events in this part of the world is normally during our winter months of January-March.

Anais is forecast to move southwest in the general direction of Madagascar for the next five days and weaken as it moves into cooler waters and unfavorable winds."

http://www.click2houston.com/news/Bill-Read-s-Blog-Rare-Tropical-Cyclone-in-Indian-Ocean/-/1735978/16988520/-/uwvmejz/-/index.html

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Tropical cyclones are occurring more frequently than before

October 18, 2012

"Are there more tropical cyclones now than in the past? - or is it just something we believe because we now hear more about them through media coverage and are better able detect them with satellites?

New research from the Niels Bohr Institute clearly shows that there is an increasing tendency for cyclones when the climate is warmer, as it has been in recent years. The results are published in the scientific journal PNAS.

How can you examine the frequency of tropical cyclones throughout history when they have not been systematically registered? Today cyclones are monitored from satellites and you can follow their progress and direction very accurately. But it is only the last approx. 40 years that we have been able to do this.

Previously, they used observations from ships and aircraft, but these were not systematic measurements. In order to get a long-term view of the frequency of cyclones, it is necessary to go further back in time and use a uniform reference.

Climate scientist Aslak Grinsted of the Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen therefore wanted to find some instruments that have stood and registered measurements continuously over a long period of time.

Read entire story here

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Tropical_cyclones_are_occurring_more_frequently_than_before_999.html

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Future Sandy: East Coast Tropical Nightmare or Miss

By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist

October 22, 2012; 10:59 AM

"Tropical Storm Sandy will soon form in the Caribbean, and scenarios for its final destination range from bypassing the East Coast to creating a nightmare for millions of people.

Tropical Depression 18 formed in the central Caribbean at midday Monday and should strengthen into Tropical Storm Sandy by Tuesday.

The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center is confident the future tropical storm will then head northward through Thursday, spreading life-threatening flooding rain across Jamaica, Hispaniola, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas."

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"While the Southeast coast would face heavy rain, strong winds and rough surf, far more serious impacts await communities from Virginia to Maine if this solution pans out.

Not only would destructive winds and widespread flooding rain accompany Sandy onshore, but a significant storm surge would unfold near and northeast of its center."

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Reminiscent of the "Perfect Storm," the weather setup could even lead to heavy, wet snow in the Appalachian Mountains on future Sandy's western side.

However, the above solution is far from set in stone. There is equal possibility that the jet stream will sweep east fast enough to offer the East Coast protection from Sandy. Bermuda may then become the storm's target.

Yet another solution would spare the East Coast of a direct hit but would still bring Sandy close enough to graze the coastline with adverse impacts.

The bottom line is that while uncertainty exists with Tropical Depression 18's final destination, this is a storm that should be monitored closely by all residents from Florida to the Northeast."

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This satellite image, courtesy of NOAA, of Tropical Depression 18 was taken right before it formed at midday Monday.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/future-sandy-east-coast-tropic/546066

another account of this storm and another...

Tropical storm Sandy likely on the way, possible East Coast encounter next week

By Brian McNoldy

"There are two areas of disturbed weather across the Atlantic basin: one in the southwest Caribbean, and one in the middle of the ocean far from land. While both disturbances are expected to intensify, the one in the Caribbean - likely to be named Sandy - could potentially affect the East Coast of the U.S. next week."

"This Caribbean disturbance, about 300 miles south of Jamaica, was classified as tropical depression 18 this morning. Its minimum pressure is 29.62” (1003mb) and is forecast to gradually strengthen before making a turn toward the north later today into tomorrow. That would take it over Jamaica, then central-eastern Cuba, then the Bahamas.

Regardless of the intensity (in terms of peak wind speed), these areas need be on high alert for heavy rain and the associated flash flooding and mudslides. An aircraft will be flying into it this afternoon to more accurately determine its organization and intensity.

The key question becomes, where does it go after it passes the Bahamas?

When it comes to predicting this disturbance’s future, there are many types of models that are routinely run. Some cover the entire globe and are run every 6 or 12 hours (such as GFS and ECMWF), while others are more regional in scope with higher resolution (such as NAM, RAP), and others have even higher resolution and are designed specifically for hurricanes (such as HWRF and GFDL) and are only run on demand when there is an active disturbance or storm.

The typical run from each of these models is called a deterministic run, while some models also produce an ensemble run. In a typical ensemble, the initial condition (state of the atmosphere based on observations that tell the model how to start) is varied slightly to effectively produce many possible scenarios. This helps to account for uncertainties in the observations as well as inherent errors in the model. It also allows for a more probabilistic forecast as opposed to the single solution provided by a deterministic forecast. You could also create a multi-model ensemble from all of the various deterministic runs.

Read story here

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/tropical-storm-sandy-likely-on-the-way-possible-east-coast-encounter-next-week/2012/10/22/3147a662-1c4c-11e2-9cd5-b55c38388962_blog.html

OK PEOPLE HEADS UP ON THESE STORMS...PAY ATTENTION..

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Tornado Touches Down In Northern California, San Francisco Storms Tonight

Published on Oct 22, 2012 - 23:50 UT

- By TWS Staff Reporter

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"(TheWeatherSpace.com) - A Tornado hit after 3:15pm PDT on Monday afternoon in Northern California, striking near Yuba City, or 40 miles north of Sacramento."

" No injuries have been reported with the tornado. "We've had reports of power lines down and some outbuildings damaged," the weather service said. "Some kind of a small outbuilding was lifted about 200 feet from where it was located."

Read rest of story here

http://www.theweatherspace.com/news/TWS-102212-northern-california-tornado-san-francisco.storms.html

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Extraordinary Circumstances Needed for a Historic Storm

October 25, 2012;

A major storm with damaging consequences is still on the table from Norfolk to New York City and Boston. However, multiple components have to come together for the perfect storm.

The realm of possibilities continues to range from Sandy escaping out to sea, with nothing more than blustery, much cooler air sweeping in, to a dynamic storm turning inland packing coastal flooding, flooding rainfall, high winds, downed trees, power outages, travel mayhem and even Appalachian snow.

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/extradinary-circumstances-need/618156

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