Heavy Halloween storms kill 1in US

Published on : Saturday, November 2, 2013

strom alertHeavily destructive storms blew east on Halloween night and into Friday morning, leading to numerous reports of flooding and wind damage, some of which were caused by tornadoes.

A nine-year-old boy died at a Nashville hospital after being struck by a downed power line on Thursday evening, according to local station WSMV-TV. He was riding on his bicycle at around 9:30 p.m. local time when a tree contacted a power line and the live wire subsequently came in contact with the child.

“An area of low pressure intensified rapidly as it moved from the Midwest into eastern Canada Thursday into early Friday,” said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. “This resulted in numerous reports of high winds, wind damage and a few tornadoes from the lower and middle Mississippi Valleys into the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians.”

The Weather Channel senior meteorologist Stu Ostro said, the Halloween windstorm could be considered a “meteorological bomb”, which occurs when the central pressure within a mid-latitude cyclone — such as the one present during the Halloween severe weather — falls on average at least one millibar per hour for 24 hours.

“Models had indicated this Halloween week system would be close to meeting the criteria — the central pressure of the low pressure system dropping at least 24 millibars in 24 hours — and may or may not quite get there,” Ostro said.

“It did, dropping 27 millibars from 999 millibars Halloween morning to 972 millibars Friday morning.  It’s a significant aspect of the storm, and was one of the things representative of how much energy it had.”

Severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes stated that at least 19 confirmed tornadoes touched down on Thursday, all of which were rated EF0 and EF1, though more may still be confirmed after NWS personnel complete damage surveys.


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