Storms Deluge California, Turning Roads Into Rivers and Killing People (1)

Storms Deluge California, Turning Roads Into Rivers and Killing People

Storms Deluge California, Turning Roads Into Rivers and Killing People: The pain and suffering brought on by the fatal winter storms that affected much of California are unlikely to go away anytime soon.

The extreme weather that has turned highways into rivers, sparked rockfalls and mudslides, and evicted thousands from their homes has left millions of people still under flood warnings and thousands without power.

Northern California will continue to experience the torrential rain that fell across much of the state on Tuesday. And at the end of the week and into the following week, another storm-producing system is predicted. At least 17 people have died as a result of California’s extreme weather, according to officials on Tuesday.


Wade Crowfoot, the California Secretary for Natural Resources, stated at a Tuesday afternoon news conference that “almost 100,000 Californians [are] living in regions where it’s unsafe to be in their houses right now.” Because of the saturated ground and California’s peculiar conditions due to its historic three-year drought, there are still concerns about further flooding and mudslides.

The government Weather Prediction Center issued a forecast statement on Tuesday stating, “Soils in California are saturated from above average rainfall over the past two weeks, meaning it won’t take much further rainfall to produce floods.”

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After the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the area on Tuesday, the city of San Francisco advised people to “shelter and do not travel” for three hours beginning at about 12:30 p.m. PT. Jan Null, a meteorologist, noted on Twitter on Tuesday that the period of rain from December 26 to Monday was historic: Since the Gold Rush in 1849, “this is now San Francisco’s third wettest 15-day stretch.”

Interstate 80 was shut down in both directions at the Nevada-California border due to strong winds. Several paths in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California were also shut down. According to Scott Jalbert of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services, the search for a toddler who vanished after floodwater engulfed a car in Paso Robles on Monday has resumed.

Monday saw the rescue of the boy’s mother. Up than 30 emergency personnel, including a search and rescue squad and drone pilots, were searching for the kid on Tuesday. A helicopter-based search crew had been requested by officials, but it was unclear whether the weather would allow such missions.

To hasten disaster response and get emergency financing, officials in the southern city of Ventura announced a municipal state of emergency, according to a statement from city officials. They said that excessive surf caused flooding and damage throughout the city. According to, by Tuesday night, the number of households and businesses without electricity had been reduced to 75,778.

According to the outage tracker, Sacramento County was among the hardest impacted, with roughly 12,000 customers still without power at lunchtime. On Tuesday afternoon, it appeared that the rain in Beverly Hills was ceasing. But the Golden Globes’ organizers took no precautions and erected tents to ensure that the grey-red carpet would stay dry when celebs arrived.

Kevin Costner, who took home the award for best acting in a television drama, announced in an Instagram video on Tuesday that he wouldn’t be attending since the travel would be challenging, if not risky, due to local flooding.

an “unending onslaught” According to the National Weather Service, a second low-pressure system rapidly strengthened off the West Coast and sped into the state just as one period of heavy rain across the state was coming to an end.

It declared that California was being continually flooded by powerful systems and atmospheric rivers of moisture. While several feet of snow was predicted along the Sierra Nevada, much of California was forecast to see moderate to heavy rain into the evening.

Authorities ordered an emergency evacuation on Monday due to increased flood and mudslide risks for the entire Montecito community, as well as for some of Santa Barbara and other adjacent cities. Five years to the day after torrential rain pounded a Montecito “burn scar,” killing nearly two dozen people, floods struck the 10,000-person town of Montecito on Monday.

Santa Barbara Airport had to close due to the bad weather, according to a tweet from the airport on Monday. It stated that “the terminal is closed” and that “all commercial flights are canceled till further notice.” Reopening would be “depending on the weather and conditions,” the airport stated.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that four individuals were trapped when two automobiles were swallowed by a sinkhole that “compromised” an entire road in the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles on Monday night.

Firefighters were able to safely rescue the two remaining victims, who were treated for minor injuries before being transferred to a hospital, from the sinkhole while two others were able to escape, according to the report. When she first noticed sidewalks submerged in precipitation on Monday night, Maria Aldana, 26, of the Lancaster hamlet in northern Los Angeles County, couldn’t believe her eyes.

Aldana was happy to be at the wheel of her father’s truck rather than her typical Toyota Corolla. When we were passing by, she recalled thinking, “Damn, if we had come in my car, this would have been much worse.” A 2023 Tacoma is extremely tall. The meteorological service reports that during the past few weeks, rainfall totals in nearly the entire state of California have been 400% to 600% over average.

According to research by the UCLA environment and sustainability department, climate change has increased the likelihood of extreme precipitation in California by a factor of two. By the end of the century, extreme weather is expected to produce 200% to 400% more surface runoff or rainwater that can’t be absorbed by the soil.

President Joe Biden also announced an emergency declaration on Sunday to bolster the storm response after the recent severe weather caused Gov. Gavin Newsom to proclaim a state of emergency last week.

Wednesday will see an “enormous cyclone” hit.

The storm system that hit the Great Basin on Tuesday was predicted to move inland in the evening and bring widespread mountain snow, but the weather service warned that on Wednesday, “an enormous cyclone forming well off the coast of the North American continent will bring yet another Atmospheric River toward the West Coast — this time impacting areas further north from northern California northward up the coast of the Pacific Northwest.”

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The Transverse Range of Southern California, northward along the central to northern California coast ranges, and across the Sierra will get between 3 and 7 inches of precipitation during the next few days, according to the forecast. The weather service issued a warning that significant flood consequences were anticipated to be felt across much of California and western Nevada.