Southeast Asia
A freak complex of subtropical thunderstorms moves ashore in China's Guangdong province in early September, producing torrential rains, hail, and deadly tornadoes. Resulting landslides wipe out entire villages, and more than 360,000 residents are forced from their homes by rising floodwaters. At least 107 people perish in Guangdong and neighboring provinces. Government officials say it was the most severe storm and heaviest rainfall to strike the area in 500 years.