World’s Wildest Weather places the viewer in the eye of the storm in every episode. Throughout the series we get to see the most extraordinary footage ever captured on a mobile phone, and we get to meet those who were lucky enough – or unlucky enough – to have been caught up in the catastrophic events and survive to tell the tale.
Alongside these incredible stories we present the reasons behind the wild weather, provided by our two resident meteorological experts from both sides of the Atlantic. Covering the biggest weather events from all around the world we see everything as it happens – from tornados to hurricanes, from wildfires to floods – World’s Wildest Weather has it all…
GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE WILDFIRE – 2016
The 2016 Gatlinburg wildfires were one of the largest natural disasters ever to hit Tennessee. 14 people lost their lives, 134 were injured and over 150,000 buildings were destroyed. The estimated cost of damage was $500 million US dollars.
MUD SLIDE / LAND SLIDE, PERU – 2017
In March 2017, Peru was hit by the worst torrential rainfall in 30 years, resulting in devastating mudslides around Lima. 113 people were killed and over 150 000 made homeless. An estimated $7billion USD worth of damage was caused.
TORNADO MOORE, USA MAY 20TH 2013
On the afternoon of May 20, 2013, an intense and destructive EF5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma with peak winds estimated at 210 mph. The tornado brought little warning and killed 24 people as well as injuring 377 others.
HURRICANE ODILE, MEXICO 2014
In September 2014, the resort town of Cabo San Lucas off the coast of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, experienced the most catastrophic hurricane in its history. The hurricane took the lives of 11 people, injured 135 made over 30,000 locals homeless. The cost of damage to property was colossal $1.2 billion US dollars.
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.
TYPHOON HAIYAN, PHILIPPINES 2013
On the 7th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in South East Asia causing devastation on an unimaginable scale. With a death toll of over six and a half thousand people, Super Typhoon Haiyan was classified as one of the most powerful and destructive storms on record.
TORNADO JOPLIN, US 2011 (BIG 6 STORY)
Tornado Joplin was the deadliest tornado to hit the US since 1947. A staggering 158 people lost their lives, with over a thousand more injured. With damages totalling $2.8bn, Joplin ranks as the costliest tornado ever in US history.
FLOODS, UK – 2015
In 2015 the United Kingdom was pummelled by multiple storms which caused flooding on a record breaking scale. Focusing on Storms ‘Desmond’ and ‘Eva’ in the winter of that year, we take a look at the deadly Christmas present nature unleashed on UK shores. Storm Eva alone and the intense flooding she brought in her wake damaged more than 2250 homes and 500 businesses.
WILD FIRE, KANSAS – 2017
The US wildfires in 2017 raged across Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, destroying more than 2 million acres of land. The severely low humidity coupled with the 70mph changing winds made this one of the most destructive and rapidly growing fires in the regions history.
FLOODS, GERMANY – 2016
On 30th May 2016, the small town of Braunsbach in Germany was pummelled by thunderstorms that caused floodwaters so intense they swept away boulders, forests, and up to 50,000 tonnes of debris downstream into the main square, catching unsuspecting civilians off guard.
HURRICANE KATRINA, US – 2005
In August 2005, the United States of America was hit by the most catastrophic hurricane in recorded history, resulting in the destruction of over 90,000 square miles, the deaths of over 1,500 people and over 108 billion US dollars’ worth of damage – the costliest in US history.
BIZARRE SNOW PHENOMENON, ITALY 2017/ RUSSIA 2014 / SPAIN 2017
In January 2017, freak weather systems wreaked havoc across Europe, causing torrential flooding, high winds, sub-zero temperatures and bizarrely… snow on Mediterranean beaches.
TORNADO EL RENO, USA – MAY 31ST 2013
On 31st May 2013, El Reno, Oklahoma was hit by the widest tornado in recorded history and “the most dangerous storm in observing history”, resulting in the deaths of eight people and an estimated damage of over 50 million dollars during the 40-minute ordeal.
HAIL STORM, WYLIE TEXAS – 2016
In April 2016, intense storm clouds formed over Wylie, Texas, and residents braced themselves for what they thought was a big tornado forming, but they couldn’t have prepared themselves for what came next….
TYPHOON WASHI, PHILIPPINES 2011
In December 2011, Tropical Storm Washi made landfall in the Philippines, bringing with it torrential rains, flooding and mudslides destroying over 50,000 homes and causing the deaths of nearly 1,300 people.
TORNADO ROWLETT, US – 2015
On December 26th 2015, a powerful EF4 wedge tornado with wind speeds of 180 miles per hour ripped through parts of Garland and Rowlett, Texas, causing major damage. It struck in darkness, taking many people by surprise during the Christmas festivities…
As a result, it caused the deaths of ten people, destroyed 1,296 homes and caused $1.2 billion dollars of damage along the way.
FLOODS, COLORADO US – 2013
Floods are the deadliest of weather phenomena in the USA, killing more people than any other weather system. Water is a major force of nature to be reckoned with…
PINERY BUSH FIRE, AUSTRALIA – 2015
In November 2015, Peter Rosenfeld and Vera De Ruiter were on a four-week adventure to visit family in Australia. As they drove from Darwin to Adelaide on a road trip, they were oblivious to the dangers that lay ahead…
FLOODS, PAKISTAN 2011
The southwest monsoon season in Pakistan normally runs through July to the end of September, in 2010 the rains arrived, but they were much heavier than usual. The flooding lasted nearly two months, with one fifth of the whole country being overwhelmed and 14 million people were affected.
LIGHTNING STRIKES, UK
Lightning strikes kill about twenty-four thousand people a year and although these strikes are rare in the United Kingdom, Campbell Gillespie still thinks he’s one of the luckiest people alive…
HURRICANE PATRICIA, MEXICO 2015
Hurricanes are some of the most intense and destructive weather patterns which nature can throw our way. In October 2015, Hurricane Patricia made landfall as the strongest hurricane to ever hit the coast of Mexico.
Within twenty-four hours Hurricane Patricia had gone from being a small tropical storm, to a deep and incredibly powerful Category Five Hurricane with wind speeds in excess of 190 miles per hour, even stronger than super Typhoon Haiyan two years earlier. Patricia destroyed over 3,000 homes and caused the deaths of 6 people.