Severe ice storm struck the 30 states in the U.S. Midwest. Some have declared a state of emergency. Wind speed exceeds 20 meters per second, and visibility — zero. The car stops right on the highways.
Across the Atlantic, in France, people are faced with another problem — ice. There was freezing rain, and the streets have turned into one big ice rink. On one of the main highways in the suburbs of Paris formed a huge traffic jam — there faced 50 cars, 38 people injured.
Elements raged in the Southern Hemisphere — Australia hit by cyclone "Yasi". Wind fells trees. Damaged power lines, normally more than 170 million homes.