By Mark Puleo AccuWeather employee
01. June 2019, 05:21:51 EDT
In the last week of May, which was marked by severe weather, there were numerous records related to tornadoes, leaving even more towns and counties behind after these destructive upheavals devastated.
One of the 516 tornadoes reported in May was the EF4 thug on Tuesday, which struck Linwood in Kansas. The highest wind speeds reached 170 miles per hour, leaving behind dozens of damaged buildings. At least 18 citizens were injured, but no deaths were reported.
Debris from another storm in Lawrence, Kansas, delayed flights at Kansas City International Airport, leaving thousands without power.
Kansas warn & # 39; It is the only state in the US to see heavy tornadoes this week. In Dayton, Ohio, Monday night saw a massive tornado that turned the city upside down when the residents woke up on Tuesday morning. With wind speeds of up to 200 km / h and trees scattered throughout the area, more than 60,000 people lived without running water and at least 80,000 were without electricity at one point.
After an initial evaluation of EF3, the Dayton Tornado was upgraded to EF4 status on Thursday.
Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Pane said at a press conference on Tuesday that no storm casualties were reported.
"I think that's pretty wonderful," he said. "And I attribute much of it to the public's early notification, and then to the public, who responds to these warnings and takes refuge."
90 minutes further north in Mercer County, an 81-year-old man, Melvin Dale Hannah was killed when a car drove through his house during a storm. Mike Robbins, EMC Director of Mercer County, said twelve residents were injured and urged non-residents not to enter the area while the crew cleared.
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Further south, tornadoes have been reported in Texas and Oklahoma, including a devastating cyclone in El Reno, Oklahoma, which claimed at least two casualties. While the National Weather Service (NWS) found that the tornado was down for only four minutes, nearly 30 people were treated for injuries.
The tornado struck nearly six years after the day a similarly powerful twister broke in May 31, 2013. Eight people were killed and 151 others injured in the storm.
"We could have had so much more destruction and death, we feel blessed," El Reno Mayor Matt White told reporters. "I've been strong so far, but I'm getting ready to break, we can not rain anymore, I think the measurements showed that we had a little less than 18 inches of rain in El in the last 31 days in Reno, Oklahoma just need a little break. "
On the other side of the eastern hemisphere, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake left parts of Peru in ruins. The quake occurred far from densely populated areas and caused only one confirmed death.
The National Emergency Response Center of Peru confirmed damage to numerous buildings such as schools and health centers, as well as injuries to at least 11 people.  Cleanup has been hampered by stormy weather, according to Rob Miller, Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather.
Snowfall in Australia was accompanied by a cold air blast that brought 20-40 cm (7-15 inches). from snow to parts of the Victorian Alps. While the snow was welcomed by eager skiers and snowboarders, it was causing trouble for the riders.
ABC News reported that eight people had to be rescued from their vehicles after they got stuck in the snow.
Also, areas in California experienced less-than-normal temperatures this week, as in many places the thermometer was not over 60 degrees Fahrenheit on Memorial Day weekend. The thermometer reached a high of 61 degrees on Sunday in Sacramento.
Downtown Los Angeles also peaked at 62 degrees on Sunday.
The Southeastern US Region The US experienced the opposite end of the spectrum when six cities recorded record highs on Tuesday.
For Charleston, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, it was the first time in history that cities reached 100 degrees in May.
Many cities also recorded record highs for the month.
This week was not all fire and brimstone. A beachcomber in Avalon, New Jersey looked up and saw a confusing but beautiful sight in the afternoon sky. He managed to take a picture before it disappeared. "No one had ever seen anything like that," the man told AccuWeather and said the friends and family on the beach were equally confused. He added that after all, social media users helped him understand what he had just seen.
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