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‘Endless onslaught’ of severe weather in California displaces thousands, kills one

In this photo obtained from social media, a car is seen submerged in flood waters in Morro Bay, California, USA on January 9, 2023.

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Thousands of Californians fled their homes. bad weather One person died, a child went missing, and a massive power outage occurred on Tuesday.

Rain continued to hit much of California on Tuesday as a new storm system rushed toward the state. “Cyclone Parade” That prompted a series of rescues on Monday.

Houses were flooded, streets turned into rivers, and cars submerged in the deluge.

of city ​​of san francisco On Tuesday, the National Weather Service instructed residents to “evacuate and do not move” for three hours starting around 12:30 p.m. after issuing a flash flood warning for the area.

strong wind forced to close Interstate 80near the California-Nevada line, in both directions.

And in Southern California, on some routes Angeles National Forest Closed.

“There could be more flooding concerns across much of the state,” said Eric Schöning, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, in a recorded message posted by the state government. office of emergency services Tuesday afternoon.

“So keep an eye on your radar. Be aware of any information from your local media, your local emergency management, your local National Weather Service.”

one person Killed Monday on Avila Beachabout 180 miles north of Los Angeles, when the car was overtaken by water, said Anita Konopa, an employee with the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Services Department.

Another official at the agency, Scott Jalbert, said children were also missing after floodwaters washed away cars in the northern part of the county near Paso Robles.

By noon Tuesday, power company employees had reduced the number of homes and businesses to 179,000 in the dark. PowerOutage.us.

Sacramento County was one of the hardest-hit areas, with about 12,000 customers still without power by lunchtime, according to the outage tracker.

The rain seemed to have stopped in Beverly Hills on Tuesday afternoon. golden globe organizer No pitch a tent with a chance Just like the gray red carpet stays dry when celebrities arrive.

“Endless Onslaught”

Road damage from storms and heavy rain in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Silicon Valley in Scotts Valley, California, USA on January 9, 2023.

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Montecito, home to 10,000 people, experienced flooding on Monday. Five years after the day heavy rains hit Montecito’s ‘burnt scars’, Kill almost two dozen people.

The bad weather also forced Santa Barbara Airport to close, the airport said. Tweet Monday.

“All commercial flights will be canceled until further notice and terminals will be closed,” it said. The airport said reopening would “depend on the weather and conditions”.

In the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles, two cars were swallowed and four people were trapped in a sinkhole that “endangered” an entire road Monday night, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Said.

Two were able to escape from the sinkhole, but firefighters safely rescued the other two, who were treated and taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Maria Aldana, 26, of the North Los Angeles County community of Lancaster, couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the sidewalk. drowned in rainwater on monday night.

Aldana was grateful to be able to drive his father’s truck instead of a regular Toyota Corolla.

“As we drove by, we were like, ‘If I had come in my car, this would have been much worse,'” she said. Tacoma is very expensive.”

Aerial view of cars submerged in floodwaters after heavy rains in Windsor, California, January 9, 2023.

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California has been facing deadly weather for days that have killed at least six people since the end of the year weekend, including a fallen redwood tree that crushed a mobile home in upstate state. including infants who died

Two people who died in what appeared to be storm-related deaths in Sacramento County over the weekend were identified Monday by the county’s coroner’s office.

Rebekah Rohde, 40, and Steven Sorensen, 61, were found inside tents at separate homeless camps when tree branches fell. Both causes of death were pending.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, much of California has received above average rainfall over the past few weeks, totaling 400% to 600% above average.

climate change The chance of extreme precipitation in California has doubled. Extreme weather is projected to generate 200% to 400% of surface runoff by the end of this century. This is rainwater that is not absorbed by the soil. UCLA Environment and Sustainability Department.

Due to recent inclement weather, Governor Gavin Newsom has emergency announcement Last week, President Joe Biden state of emergency declaration Sunday to support storm response.

‘Giant cyclone’ to make landfall on Wednesday

Tuesday’s storm system was expected to push inland in the evening and bring widespread mountain snow across the Great Basin, but “a huge cyclone forming off the coast of the North American continent is pushing yet another atmospheric river. Bringing it to the West Coast — this time it will affect from northern California to the Pacific Northwest coast further north, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“Overall, total rainfall over the next few days will range from 3 to 7 inches across the Southern California Transverse, Central to Northern California Coastal Ranges north, and through the Sierras.” Stated.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that widespread, severe flooding could have wide-ranging effects from California to western Nevada.

— Contributed by Tim Stelloh, Helen Kwong, and Janhvi Bhojwani.

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