7 of the Biggest Storms Seen in 2018

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As 2018 comes to an end, let’s take a moment to remember the great storms witnessed here in Wisconsin as well as across America and the world. While some storms may have led to lots of snow and snowball fights, other storms led to destruction and affected the lives of people everywhere.

Storms in Wisconsin

We had a pretty stormy year. Here, we will highlight several of the most memorable of those storms.

1. The Spring Blizzard That Led to a Record Snowfall

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Snow throwers trying to stay ahead of the snowfall on April 15, 2018. (PC: Jim Matthews)

In the month of April, record snowfall was seen in multiple areas across Wisconsin. For example, Ashwaubenon got 20.6 inches! The village’s previous single April snowfall record from 1977 was 11 inches and the record for the most amount of snowfall within the month of April was set in 1907 at 15.1 inches.

2. 16 Tornadoes in Two Days

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During a tornado, a tree fell onto a house in Waupun, Wisconsin.

It’s fair to say that August was a pretty stormy season for Wisconsin. Starting on Tuesday, August 28th, tornadoes started forming and touching down. The havoc continued on into Wednesday, the 29th. During those two days, there were a total of 16 tornadoes across the state.

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On the National Level

Mother Nature was unrelenting this year! Across the United States, she made her wrath known. Just check out these huge storms!

3. Hurricane Florence Caused South Carolina to Experience Severe Flooding

Hurricane Florence flooding in South Carolina

The streets are still buried under water a week after Florence hit.

From August 31st to September 19th, Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas, leaving many communities underwater. In fact, South Carolina experienced some of the worst flooding it has ever had.

4. Hurricane Michael Came in Like a Wrecking Ball

Hurricane Michael in Florida

What was left of a house after Hurricane Michael came through Florida.

Coming in at 155 mph, Hurricane Michael was the strongest storm to hit the United States since 1969. It went from October 7-16, 2018 and caused over $15 billion worth of damage.

5. The Paradise Camp Fire

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Coroners search for human remains in the rubble.

Known as “The Camp Fire”, it was the deadliest wildfire in California’s history and took 17 days (November 8-25, 2018) to reach 100% containment. Although a wildfire is considered a natural disaster and not necessarily a storm, many survivors referred to it as a firestorm. Fire traveled not just by ground but was carried by wind as well due to the higher winds and intensity of the fire. During the firestorm, 86 civilians perished and 18,804 structures were destroyed.

Mother Nature Hits Hard Worldwide

The United States wasn’t the only country having to deal with Mother Nature’s blows this year. The rest of the world had their fair share too.

6. The Day “The Floating City” Flooded

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Two men carry a stroller through the flooded city of Venice.

Venice is well-known for its canals and tourist destinations. However, on October 29th-30th, weather conditions in Venice weren’t so ideal as the city flooded over due to heavy rain, allowing the nearby ocean to make its way into the city. Tourists and locals found themselves having to trudge through knee-deep water to go about their day. Yet, that didn’t keep merchants from closing shop or people from visiting the ever popular tourist sites throughout the city.

7. Typhoon Yutu Raged Through the Pacific

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What is left of a home and garage after Typhoon Yutu swept through Saipan

Typhoon Yutu was a Category 5 super typhoon that hit Tinian, Saipan, the Northern Mariana Islands (a US territory), and the Philippines in the Pacific. It started to form on October 20th and dissipated on November 3rd; its highest wind speed reached 180 mph.

Let Kelmann Help You Prepare for Future Storms

In 2019, we are sure to see more devastating storms. To help you be ready for such events, we will be posting a variety of blog posts related to storm preparation, home restoration, water damage, and much more—everything you will need to know during the aftermath of a big storm. Stay informed by keeping up to date by checking in with our blog throughout the year!

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