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Cyclone wreaks havoc across the US

November 7, 2010

From The Guardian

On Tuesday last week, a vigorous area of low pressure developed over a large part of the north-eastern US. This depression is believed to be one of the deepest on record across the interior US, with a central pressure of 955 millibars. The extra-tropical cyclone was of such huge proportions that it affected the weather from as far as the Rocky Mountains all the way to Hudson Bay.

It brought strong winds, heavy rain, spawned 24 tornadoes and further north, in north central Dakota, there was heavy snowfall of around 33cm. The storm caused chaos, with wind speeds gusting over 50mph, bringing down power lines, damaging homes and causing more than 500 flights to be cancelled at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Turkey was hit by torrential rain this week with Canakkale recording 83mm in just 12 hours overnight on Thursday. Flood waters rose to nearly a metre in Istanbul after rivers burst their banks, disrupting traffic and causing ferries to be cancelled between Yalova and Istanbul due to the high winds.

From The Guardian

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