Advances in weather science and technology and cooperation between government weather services and the American Weather Industry, have resulted in increasingly accurate tornado warnings. This has led to greatly reduced risk for such tragedies when warnings provide enough time to move people to safety when severe weather threatens.
Ahead of a sweep of October-like air, damaging thunderstorms, including the risk of tornadoes, will march across the midwestern United States into Thursday night.
About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in floodwaters from Florence in North Carolina. Health and environmental concerns have been raised as flooded power plants, industrial sites, and animal-manure lagoons may leak toxic waste into drinking water.
The northeastern United States will be in the middle of an atmospheric battle zone into the end of September as waves of cool air begin to push out of Canada and tropical air fights back.
Tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Monday afternoon with widespread damage and one fatality being reported across the state.
Florence will unleash disruptive downpours and raise the risk of flash flooding in the northeastern United States through Tuesday.
When an extreme weather situation is forecast, getting the right information at the right time is paramount, whether it’s before, during or after the storm has occurred.
Flooding from Florence is far from over and the worst may be yet to come for some unprotected communities along the major rivers in parts of the Carolinas.