In case you missed it: Rare December tornadoes blast Illinois; Hundreds of fires destroy property in Australia
By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
December 07, 2018, 11:49:24 AM EST
Severe storms spawned a record-setting December tornado outbreak in the midwestern United States this week.
Tornadoes stirred up damage from the Plains to southeastern Georgia over the weekend, especially in Illinois.
A total of 27 tornadoes blasted central Illinois on Saturday, making it one of the most weather-violent December days in the state’s history.
The tornadoes snapped trees and power lines, and shifted one house off its foundation in Macon County. About 10,000 people across the state were without power at the height of the severe weather.
In Taylorvillle, 100 buildings were destroyed and residents were told to stay at home as roads were littered with debris.
Two days of rain washed Southern California late this week, causing havoc on roadways.
Slippery roads and mudslides led to delays and closures, including the shut down of Interstate 5 in some areas.
After wildfires unsettled the ground, the recent rain pushed the soil easily, causing mudslides in the Malibu area.
One person was killed after their car overturned on I-5 in Los Angeles.
Burbank received the most rainfall, turning some roads into rivers and stranding cars. A planed skidded off the runway at Burbank Airport on Thursday due to the wet tarmac.
No injuries were reported. According to CBS, passengers were unaware anything was wrong until mud splashed the windows.
“So that’s when I started thinking, 'Well, we do have a problem here. We must no longer be on the runway,'" a passenger told CBS.
A strong earthquake rattled Alaska late last week, prompting officials to release a tsunami warning.
The 7.0 magnitude quake was shortly followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock, causing widespread damage in the Anchorage area.
Several people sustained injuries due to lacerations from broken glass. One person suffered serious airway burns after fighting a fire at his home, which was caused by the earthquake.
Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said that more than two dozen mainline water breaks occurred in the city, flooding some homes, according to the Associated Press.
President Trump approved Gov. Bill Walker's disaster declaration, which will bring aid to the region as it recovers.
In Australia, wildfires are charring parts of the country amid dry, hot weather.
More than 100 brushfires have raged across Queensland in the northeastern part of the country.
Thousands of people have been forced out of their homes. Firefighters have managed to limit the destruction to just two homes, two cabins and roughly a dozen sheds, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC).
A 21-year-old man died after he became trapped by a fallen tree while trying to clear a fire break in central Queensland.
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