Some states in the United States suffer from storms that knock down trees and power lines, and damage cars, homes, and other buildings.
Authorities said on Saturday at least two people died in storms in the southern United States, when strong winds knocked trees over, overturned cars and demolished homes and other structures. across several states.
A 27-year-old man was killed in St Landry Parish, Louisiana, when a tornado hit his home, local television news outlet KLFY reported on Saturday.
Seven other people were also injured and some vehicles were damaged by high winds.
Another man, 48, died when strong winds destroyed part of his mobile home Friday in Caddo Parish, also in Louisiana, the local sheriff’s office said.
Strong winds were also reported in parts of Florida and Mississippi, ripping off power lines and damaging some buildings.
“A lot of people said, ‘Hey, we know what to do. Sadly we’ve gotten over it before ‘and they’ve come together as a community,’ the mayor of Panama City, Florida, Mark Sheldon, told local news agency The Panama City News Herald.
At Orange Beach, on the Alabama Bay Coast, a 4-inch hail was reported Saturday morning – “near softball size”, US National Weather Service for Cell Phones, Alabama for know.
“Looking back at records since 1950, this is just the second recorded 4 hail report” in the 20 counties the agency serves, it said on Facebook.
The storms come just days after experts at Colorado State University warned that the US should prepare for its sixth year above-average Atlantic hurricanes this season, which runs from June 1. to November 30.
In a closely watched outlook released on Thursday, forecasters said the country could see 17 named storms and eight storms.
“We are forecasting a hurricane season above average,” said Colorado state research scientist Philip Klotzbach.
Last year, the US saw a record 30 named storms.
On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Forecasting Center also announced it increased its average for the Atlantic hurricane season, to 14 named hurricanes and 7 hurricanes, up from 12 and 6 storms earlier.
The center says it has made the change based on the most recent 30-year period on record, between 1991 and 2020.
The increase “reflects a very busy period of the past 30 years,” it said in a statement, and could have to do with better observational tools or “due to warming oceans and atmospheres. affected by climate change ”.