Severe Storms Wreak Havoc Across Multiple States, 1 Dead

November 1, 2013

Storm damage and high wind reports during the severe weather event that took place October 31 through November 1, 2013.

Dangerous storms marched east on Halloween night and into Friday morning, creating numerous reports of flooding and wind damage, some of which was caused by reported tornadoes.

"An area of low pressure intensified rapidly as it moved from the Midwest into eastern Canada Thursday into early Friday," said meteorologist Chris Dolce. "This resulted in numerous reports of high winds, wind damage and a few tornadoes from the lower and middle Mississippi Valleys into the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians."

According to The Weather Channel senior meteorologist Stu Ostro, the Halloween windstorm could be considered a "meteorological bomb", which occurs when the central pressure within a mid-latitude cyclone -- such as the one present during the Halloween severe weather -- falls on average at least one millibar per hour for 24 hours.


Halloween Surface Weather Map

"Models had indicated this Halloween week system would be close to meeting the criteria -- the central pressure of the low pressure system dropping at least 24 millibars in 24 hours -- and may or may not quite get there," Ostro said.

"It did, dropping 27 millibars from 999 millibars Halloween morning to 972 millibars Friday morning.  It's a notable aspect of the storm, and was one of the things representative of how much energy it had."

Severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes states that at least 29 confirmed tornadoes in seven states from Texas to Ohio touched down on Thursday into the early morning hours of Friday. According to Dr. Forbes, this is a new record for the most confirmed tornadoes on any Halloween on record in the U.S. Most of these were rated EF0 and EF1, though an EF2 tornado touched down near Baker, Mo. 

Storm reports from the Halloween wild weather event are listed below.


A 9-year-old boy died at a Nashville hospital after being struck by a downed power line on Thursday evening, according to local station WSMV-TV. He was riding on his bicycle at around 9:30 p.m. local time when a tree contacted a power line and the live wire subsequently came in contact with the child. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

New York

As the system continued to push toward the East Coast on Friday morning, a building in Manhattan suffered wind damage, and scaffolding collapsed outside the structure. Several injures were reported, according to local reports.

Delays approached one hour at John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport on Friday afternoon, according to

Local storm reports show winds gusting as high as 44 mph at Central Park late Friday morning.

At the Coast Guard station in Buffalo, winds gusted as high as 62 mph.

New Jersey

Flight delays continued to mount on Friday afternoon, averaging approximately one hour at Newark Liberty International Airport, reports.

On Friday morning, a tree fell on a car in Wayne, N.J., trapping two people inside. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Wind gusts as high as 45 mph were recorded in Trenton.


Windy conditions were present on Friday afternoon across Massachusetts, where a large piece of a roof in Chelsea blew off. Wind gusts reached 60 mph at the Blue Hill Observatory.


Storms rolling through Ohio overnight toppled trees and left thousands of homes without power.

Just north of Dayton, an EF1 tornado was confirmed Friday morning by a National Weather Service survey crew, packing maximum winds of 110 mph when it hit Thursday night.

Authorities said the weather that moved through past midnight brought 50 mph winds in some areas that downed trees limbs and power lines.

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Outages were reported in the Cleveland area and throughout central Ohio, where some homes were damaged from the wind. Thousands of customers were still without power early Friday.

A funnel cloud was reported in Hardin County in northwest Ohio but it hadn't been confirmed. Television reports showed a church there damaged when a tower toppled onto it, reportedly by a tornado. Winds damaged dozens of mobile homes at a trailer park on the south side of Columbus.

Some communities had postponed trick or treat Thursday because of the threat of bad weather.


No injuries were reported after severe storms struck northeastern Arkansas on Halloween, breaking windows and peeling roofs from buildings. On Friday afternoon, the NWS confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in the town of Caraway, packing winds as high as 90 mph while in progress on Thursday night.

Authorities say damage was reported in the Craighead County towns of Caraway and Monette after the storms hit Thursday night. The Craighead County Sheriff's Office says no deaths or injuries were reported.

About 10 buildings sustained damage in Caraway, and trees and power lines were knocked down. The Storm Prediction Center says straight-line winds blew the roof off a convenience store in Monette.

Caraway Police reported trick-or-treaters went missing Thursday night after squally weather moved into the area, though all eight kids were eventually found at different times and locations including a storm shelter and residences.


A record daily maximum rainfall has been set at Lake Charles, La. Nearly two inches of rain fell in the town on Thursday, breaking the old record of 1.9 inches set in 1907.

Earlier Thursday morning, a tornado touched down five miles west-northwest of Lake Charles, in Calcasieu Parish. The EF0 tornado touched down at approximately 10:30 a.m. CDT, causing minor damage to a home deck, uprooting a tree and causing two sheds to collapse. A total of five tornadoes touched down within the state of Louisiana on Thursday.


In Cape Girardeau, Mo., thunderstorm winds estimated at 70 mph downed numerous hardwood trees at Highway 206 and Bloomfield Road, closing of the intersection. In addition, traffic was impeded by downed tree debris on Interstate 55. A tractor trailer rolled over due to gusty winds near mile marker 96 along Interstate 55.

In Poplar Bluff, Mo., thunderstorm winds blew over a mobile home in the community of Brosley.

Near Naylor, Mo., strong thunderstorm winds estimated at 75 mph downed trees and power lines, destroying a barn which resulted in numerous injured and dead cattle. Numerous outbuildings were also damaged.

A total of two tornadoes touched down in Missouri on Thursday.

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Ten Kansas children and a school bus driver were pulled to safety from a fast-moving creek Thursday after the bus toppled into the water and landed half-submerged on its side.

The children, ages 13 and younger, clambered through a roof hatch to await rescue as the 60-year-old driver called 911 to report the accident in rural Butler County, Sheriff Kelly Herzet said.

Investigators were looking into how the accident happened, but County 911 director Chris Davis said the bus apparently went off a bridge that Douglass School District officials described as a low-water crossing.

Emergency personnel decided against using boats because of the swift current, instead reaching the bus on lines and putting the children and the driver in life jackets before pulling them to dry ground.

The accident happened around 4 p.m. outside Douglass, a town of about 1,700 residents southeast of Wichita.

The driver was taken to a hospital to be checked for hypothermia and one child was seen being placed in an ambulance, but the sheriff said all of the children were eventually turned over to their parents.

Logan Parker, a 12-year-old sixth-grader, said the bus "hit a couple of bumps and then we fell into the water."

"The driver was shaking and a lot of people were screaming and crying," said Logan, who was still wet more than two hours after the accident.

Some sections of roads in the area were still covered by water from recent heavy rain, and Herzet said the bus had driven into a submerged stretch of the road.

"The lesson here is not to drive through water," he said.

Herzet credited the older children with helping get the younger ones out of the bus to await rescue.


Calvert City, Ky. emergency managers report thunderstorm-generated roof damage to a strip mall along Oak Park Boulevard. In addition to downing power lines, the storms ruptured gas lines. Two buildings have been damaged, and roofs have been blown off two businesses.

An EF0 tornado was confirmed in the town of Calvert City in the western part of the state and stayed on the ground for less than half a mile.

A total of two tornadoes touched down in Kentucky on Thursday.


The storms that prompted many communities across central and southern Indiana to postpone trick-or-treating brought heavy rain and strong winds to much of the state.

The National Weather Service reports Terre Haute and Indianapolis both had rainfall total of at least 2 inches from Thursday's storms, and many other areas had at least 1 inch of rain. Wind gusts topping 60 mph led to many trees being knocked down, causing scattered damage to houses and cars.

Electric utilities reported at least 10,000 homes and business remained without power early Friday across the state.

Many cities and towns are having trick-or-treating hours Friday evening. The weather forecast calls for a dry day with highs in the 50s.


Utilities report that thousands of homes and businesses across Michigan are without power after gusting winds hit the state.

DTE Energy Co. reports Friday morning that about 22,000 of its customers are without power, with outages scattered around southeastern Michigan. CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit says more than 14,000 of its customers are without power.

Restoration times are expected to be affected by the weather, with winds continuing Friday.

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Berlin, Germany

A diver dressed as a skeleton arrives to feed fish from plastic Halloween pumpkins in a publicity event at SeaLife. (Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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