ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND FLOODS, – 2016
In July 2016, record-breaking heavy rainfall caused a state of emergency in the historic town of Ellicott City, Maryland, in what experts have described as a once-in-a-thousand-year event. The extreme storm, which hit the town with 6.5 inches of rain in only 3 hours, caused quickly rising floodwaters to rage down the town’s Main Street toward the Patapsco River, taking anything in its path.
BLACK SATURDAY BUSH FIRE, AUSTRALIA 2009 (BIG STORY)
In 2009, from January until March, the highest temperatures ever recorded in Australia’s history caused a series of uncontrollable bushfires to wreak havoc across the Australian state of Victoria. This was to become the country’s most devastating bushfire of all time.
The ‘Black Saturday Bushfires’ as they became known, raged across 4 and a half thousand kilometres of land and created a staggering $4.4 billion worth of damage. Tragically the fires claimed the lives of 173 people.
MUD SLIDE, BRAZIL – 2011
In January 2011, an area north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil had experienced the heaviest rainfall seen for many years. During the period from the 11th to the 12th, a whole month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours causing devastating flooding and life-threatening mudslides to tear through the region.
The catastrophic floods and landslides led to over 900 fatalities and left 14,000 homeless, making it one of the worst weather-related disasters in Brazilian history.
CYCLONE DEBBIE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 2017
In 2017, tropical cyclone Debbie caused mass destruction across north eastern Australia. The severe storm caused $2.4 billion in damage and fourteen deaths across the country.