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World weather news, April 2021

Severe hailstorms and tornadoes pounded the southern U.S. on these two days, leaving a trail of destruction. As a result, more than 28000 customers were without power in Texas alone, and damages across the region amounted to a billion dollars. A strong line of storms brought powerful hail, tornadoes, and flooding in the south. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) received a total of nine tornado reports from Oklahoma and Arkansas, as well as Missouri, Tennessee, and Illinois. Preliminary reports show damage to residential properties and snapped trees. In Texas, powerful supercell thunderstorms caused the National Weather Service to issue tornado warnings through early Thursday. More than 28 000 customers lost access to electricity that day. The system also brought hail up to 3 inches in diameter to San Antonio and Fort Worth. SPC received at least 100 reports of hail from Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, with the latter bearing the brunt of the extreme weather. Baseball-sized hail battered the state, particularly the Norman area, inflicting major damage to homes and businesses.
At least 11 people are dead and 102 injured in a violent storm that hit eastern China in the evening. Those killed were blown into the Yangtze River or hit by falling trees and electricity poles, officials said. Another 11 people were in a fishing boat that capsized. Two were rescued, but nine others are still missing. Local media reported that marble-sized hailstones fell on the coastal city of Nantong, while gales ripped the sides off buildings.

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Last updated 2 May 2021.

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