A powerful storm slammed into Vancouver, Washington, leaving 250,000 in the dark. The storm also claimed the life of one man, who was in his car with his toddler when a tree fell on it. North of the border, in Vancouver, British Columbia, the powerful storm ground ferry traffic to a halt. The Vancouver ferry virtually the only way to travel between An earlier storm this week killed one woman in Vancouver, British Columbia. There were numerous power outages in Vancouver, BC due to the storm as well. Meanwhile, punishing storms have hit Arkansas, US, wreaking havoc on infrastructure. Two prisons ended up with broken windows, which presumably lead a guard to sprain his ankle.* A tornado tore the roof off a church, and another one blew two mobile homes off their foundation. The system has spawned at least two tornadoes, responsible for much of the damage. There was also the associated traffic chaos with huge storms. There were six accidents directly linked to the severe weather. Torrential rains in Winnipeg, Manitoba caused flooding which damaged homeowners’ basements and washed out streets. South of the border, Mississippi was inundated, causing widespread problems with infrastructure and putting 18 people in severe peril. Additionally, the flooding has killed four people. The extent of the damage is not yet fully known, but at least 5,000 homes were damaged.
In Meelon, a town in Western Australia near Perth, a brush fire is raging out of control, and while at the time of writing we are unaware of any homes having been damaged, that is certainly a very real threat. A nearby town lost its water supply after the fire damaged power infrastructure.** While police believe the cause of the fire is arson, the dry conditions in Western Australia favor a massive fire like the one described. Arson or negligence does cause most fires, but drought conditions can make them dramatically worse. More than 1,000 hectares have burned so far.
The rain-soaked ground in Eugene, Oregon has triggered a massive landslide. The debris along Highway 36 near Triangle Lake will take up to five days to clean up. There may be longer delays as crews stabilize the slope as well. There were no injuries associated with the landslide. NOAA had warned about the possibility of landslides in southern Oregon due to heavy rainfall.
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* The source article does not make it explicitly clear that there is a causal relationship but implies it strongly.
**The source article does not make clear why this is so.