“Biblical” has been a word tossed around in recent days as fires, floods and tornadoes tear through Australia and the United States.
On the evening of December 10, and well into the early hours of Saturday morning, the United States recorded “one of the largest tornado outbreaks in US history.” Nearly 50 tornadoes were reported across eight states, with the death toll exceeding 100 people as the killer storm toppled buildings and trapped those inside, reported Sky News.
On the other side of the world, Australia has been battling their own natural disasters. Bush fires have cut through the tourist hotspot of Western Australia, Margaret River, with the blaze burning through nearly 5 200 hectares of vegetation. Temperatures have continued to soar, reaching heights of 40 degrees Celsius with these temperatures culminating in additional bush fires in rural regions south of Sydney.
Across the continent, the region that suffered through the Black Summer bush fires of 2019 and 2020, now faces high volumes of rainfall which have resulted in excessive flooding. Hundreds of people have needed to evacuate, with many more stranded on floodplain islands with no escape other than to wait for helicopter evacuation, something that may only happen after Christmas, reports The New York Times.
As you can imagine, videos have been doing the rounds on social media. Here are just a few:
Tornadoes in the US
NEW VIDEO of the MONSTER Large Wedge Tornado overnight that turned deadly. This was seen between Bremen, KY & Sacramento, KY – Northeast of Mayfield, Kentucky
— Live Storm Chasers (@LiveStormChaser) December 11, 2021
Video of the tornado that hit the Amazon facility near Edwardsville, IL tonight… from Danielle Henke pic.twitter.com/5CNbJ03VzI
— James Spann (@spann) December 11, 2021
Hayti, MO – Strong Tornado Impacts Vehicles on I-55
— 𝐁𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐚𝐫 𝐉𝐞𝐧𝐚 (@Bhabanisankar02) December 11, 2021
I can’t even begin to imagine anything scarier than seeing this monster bear down on you.
Eerie footage of the violent, long-track tornado which swept through the heart of Mayfield and Kentucky as a whole. pic.twitter.com/CE8wIrb8jB
— TornadoEnthusiast (@TornadoWIS) December 11, 2021
Mayfield, KY at daybreak – drone.
The town has basically been flattened, no words.
— AC 😷 (@ACinPhilly) December 11, 2021
— H🏀🏀P There it is (@TotallyTwitched) December 11, 2021
So this is the courthouse in downtown Mayfield Kentucky before the tornado tonight, and after pic.twitter.com/87KaUu1mg1
— d20dad #BLM 🌹 (@d20Dad) December 11, 2021
A neighborhood in Mayfield, Kentucky before and after the violent tornado. Hard to see. pic.twitter.com/IpUo71d3dL
— Michael Ferragamo (@FerragamoWx) December 12, 2021
Australia’s fires and floods
Flooding in Orbost. Taken a few hours ago. The waters are receding after peaking before midnight last night at 7.33 metres.
📸 Orbost Club Hotel#vicfloods #floods #Gippsland #weather #WeatherUpdate #StormHour #Orbost #vicweather #Victoria #Australia pic.twitter.com/VfMMdwBwwr
— Victorian Storm Chasers (@VicStormChasers) December 12, 2021
— ARCHES China (@arches_cn) December 12, 2021
The Margaret River region in South West Australia, one of the #biodiversty hotspots, is seeing severe bush fires right now. The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is home to the magnificent karri trees threatened by the fire. Climate mitigation is also biodiversity protection. pic.twitter.com/QXEDZlZQjo
— Roman Isaac (@ro_manisaac) December 10, 2021
This is a photo a friend shared from the fire burning near Margaret River, in Western Australia, right now. Thoughts are with all the firefighters, volunteers, locals & wildlife caught up in this beast. I hope it’s bought under control v. soon. I’m scared of the new normal. pic.twitter.com/UE30Tvb6Jh
— Jess Panegyres (@Jess_Panegyres) December 9, 2021