High-impact of weather and climate events in December 2008


The information summarized has been culled from international press reports and is indicative only. For official information, including final statistics, readers are advised to contact the National Meteorological Service of the country in question.

Heavy rains, floods, flash floods, landslides, mudslides, lightning, waves
Philippines, United Kingdom, USA

More than 1 000 families were affected by flashfloods triggered by rains in Mindanao Island. At least 100 people were evacuated.

United Kingdom
At least three people were killed in traffic chaos after heavy rain and flash floods. Roads in Devon and Somerset were under 46 cm of water.

At least 10 people were injured in torrential rain that cause the roof of a technical college to collapse in Anaheim, California.

Snowfall, cold waves, ice storm - Canada, China, France, India, USA

At least six people were killed and two others reported missing in two avalanches in the Rocky Mountains.

A sudden drop in temperatures and heavy snow across parts of the north forced the closure of several highways and the cancellation of ferry services.

Heavy snowfall and rainstorms across southern parts cut power lines, leaving at least 100 000 households without electricity. Trains were cancelled and people were trapped their cars.

Heavy snowfall in northern parts killed 15 people. Many schools were closed and transport disrupted.

At least four people were killed in awinter storm that struck the west coast, while blizzards and snow squalls struck the north-east and mid-west. About 1.2 million homes and businesses across New York and New England suffered power failure and transport was disrupted.



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