Six people were injured by a large tornado which struck the city of Jonesboro in Arkansas.
"Every year that goes by seems to bring a new round of record-breaking weather events, many with devastating consequences," researcher Douglas Le Comte said.
Winter weather advisories have been issued in parts of Ohio, Michigan as well as Indiana, where a travel advisory is also in place across several counties.
The measurement cannot be confirmed until it has been verified by experts.
"We have seen a fair amount of damage across the area," said meteorologist Kyle Pallozzi from the National Weather Service.
Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are under a risk of tornadoes, as storm heads northeast.
The National Weather Service issued flood warnings across parts of Oregon and Washington following the severe flooding of the area around the Umatilla River.
A winter storm with snow, severe thunderstorms and strong winds is moving into the central and southern parts of the country before it hits the Northeast later this week.
Nearly 400 tourists and hotel staff are stuck in Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most popular tourist attractions within the UNESCO-designated Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site.
"There is now no higher priority for the entire Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government at this time than this bushfire threat," ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said.
The powerful storm has caused at least 10 deaths in Spain.
Tony Abbott was Speaking at an event in the U.S. hosted by the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation.
A strong winter storm is expected to blast across the Plains, Midwest and northeast of the country this weekend before strengthening into a bomb cyclone off the coast of New England and hitting the Atlantic Canada region.
Volcano experts say the danger of another eruption remains high, with more than 100 tremors reported since Wednesday.
"Australia. Our hearts and thoughts are with you," Koch wrote in a Twitter post.
A winter storm is expected to move from parts of Washington, Oregon and California through the Midwest before hitting the eastern region, with up to 3 feet of snow expected in some local pockets.
Winter Storm Gage has brought the post-holiday blues to parts of the Midwest and Northeast as strong winds and ice have snapped power lines and left thousands of Americans in the dark.
On December 18, Moscow recorded a temperature of 5.4 degrees celsius or 41.72 degrees fahrenheit, breaking a high tempearture record from 1886.
The Big Apple was hit with an intense burst of heavy snowfall which saw the city covered by a cloud of snow as an Arctic blast moves to the Northeast.
Four people are reported to have been killed by extreme weather in the past couple of days.
Large parts of California, including around Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, warned of heavy rain, snowfall, strong winds and potential flooding forecast for this weekend.
As the powerful winter storm leaves the Northeast, a new storm building off the West coast is expected to bring heavy rain and mountain snow in California and New Mexico.
A string of schools are closed or on a delayed opening schedule in parts of the Northeast, including in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the aftermath of a severe winter storm.
Several areas of the Philippines are under an extreme flood advisory including the Eastern Visayas, Bicol and Calabarzon regions.
More than 200 schools across New Jersey, Connecticut, Albany and other parts of the New England area are closed following severe disruption from the winter storm that hit the Northeast this weekend.
The major storm system from the West has moved to the Northeast, with thousands of flight delays and cancelations causing severe travel disruption across the country following the Thanksgiving weekend.
The family had gone for a traditional Thanksgiving hunting trip, reported the East Idaho News.
Several parts of Arizona, including Phoenix and Tuscon, have been issued with severe flood and thunderstorm warnings, with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour expected.
A winter storm warning and weather advisory have been issued for parts of northern California and southern Oregon in the aftermath of a powerful "bomb cyclone."