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ENTERPRISE, Alabama (CNN) -- President Bush arrived Saturday in storm-battered Enterprise, Alabama, where nine people -- including eight high-schoolers -- were killed when tornadoes ripped through the town of 20,000.
He told Gov. Bob Riley and Mayor Kenneth Boswell that Coffee County, where Enterprise is located, had been declared "a major disaster area." That designation means extra federal dollars for recovery.
In all, the storms killed 20 people: 10 in Alabama, nine in Georgia and a 7-year-old girl in Missouri.CNN Storm Map
Storms ravage USA
Powerful thunderstorms roared through the US states of Alabama, Missouri and Georgia on Thursday night. At least 17 people have been killed in Alabama and Georgia and several more injured. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning and schools have been closed.
Many of the victims had taken shelter in a high school that collapsed in southern Alabama. Several people died in the town of Enterprise, where the school building was torn open by the twister. Bob Phares, with the Enterprise High School district asked for prayers and said ‘to my knowledge we have not had a storm this severe for many decades’
Flooding in Indonesia and Argentina
The heavy rains also caused flooding and washed away dozens of homes in six hilly districts in East Nusa Tenggara province.
Roads made inaccessible after a three-day deluge were complicating rescue operations in the affected areas.
Meanwhile parts of Argentina are under water after sudden intense rainfalls hit several regions of the country.
In the northern city of Resistencia in the province of Chaco, the storms broke early on Friday pouring down eighty millimetres (3 inches) of rain in a few short hours.
Local residents were caught off guard and had to wade through the knee high waters and some eighty families had to be evacuated form their homes.
These freak storms have struck other parts of Argentina in recent weeks, including the capital Buenos Aires. They are blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon which is well know for causing flooding in Peru and Bolivia.
Summer storm leaves a wintry scene in Canberra
Severe thunderstorms have been affecting parts of southeast Australia over the last few days bringing flash floods and with damaging hail and wind. One particular violent hailstorm left a strange wintry scene in parts of Canberra’s central business district on Wednesday, leaving some parts under a metre-deep layer of ice.
Although summer storms are not unusual in this part of Australia, the Australian bureau of Meteorology said that Canberra had already set a new record for the most thunderstorms recorded in a single month. Up to Wednesday’s storm it had already reported 14 so far in February. One resident said he had never seen hail accumulating this high before.
Snowstorm blows through Quebec, hits East Coast
Western regions of the Maritimes are already feeling the effects of a deadly snowstorm that wreaked havoc in parts of southern Ontario yesterday.
The snow has begun to fall in parts of New Brunswick as other areas of Atlantic Canada brace for an evening of wild weather.
Up to 20 centimetres of snow are expected in some areas around the Maritimes.
Monday 19 March WEATHER WARNING In Northern Scotland and the Northern Isles, frequent heavy snow showers will give accumulations of 2-5cm generally and up to 10cm on high ground overnight and into Monday morning. Strong northerly winds may lead to drifting and temporary blizzard conditions. Valid until 2007-03-20 1000GMT.
Monday 19 March FLOOD WARNING There are 5 flood warnings in force in the United Kingdom. Anglia (1) Northeast (3) Scotland (1) Further updates will appear here.
Flash floods hit Sydney
Severe thunderstorms caused flash flooding across parts of eastern Sydney on Sunday night as torrential rain and hail overwhelmed city streets, trapping cars.
Nearly 100mm (3.9 inches) of rain fell during the storm, which lasted only a few hours. This was almost three quarters of the total rainfall which is usually expected throughout the month of April.
USA Plains ravaged by violent storms
Severe storms and tornadoes have raged through parts of the mid west USA injuring several and leaving a trail of destruction.
A line of powerful thunderstorms began developing on Friday stretching from Texas through Kansas and up into parts of Nebraska. Several people were injured in western Nebraska late on Friday, as a tornado ripped up farms and power lines, spreadng debris along a half-mile wide path.
Hailstorm in Kuwait
Kuwait, one of the driest countries in the world, is still recovering from an astonishing bout of torrential rain, squally winds and giant hailstones which battered this desert state in recent days.
Twice as much rain fell on Wednesday than the average level for the whole of the year. The rainfall totals were remarkable and probably unprecedented, with Kuwait airport reporting 302mm (11.9 ins) and Kuwait City 258mm (10.2 ins) of rain in 30 hours up to 9am local time on Thursday. The annual average rainfall varies from 750-150mm (6 ins) a year across the country