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The Unprecedented Impact of California's Atmospheric River Storms

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The Unprecedented Impact of California's Atmospheric River Storms

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Unprecedented Rainfall and Storms in California

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California is experiencing a series of atmospheric river storms, leading to historic rainfall events and causing widespread damage. These powerful storms have caused flooding, landslides, and significant damage, with record-breaking rainfall in some areas. Flash flood warnings have been lifted, but the continued rain is expected to increase the risk of flooding and landslides. Mudslides and debris flow have damaged roads and homes, leading to evacuations, and leaving many without power.

Emergency Declarations and Warnings

As per the reports, Los Angeles Mayor declared a local emergency due to the heavy rain and wind. In some areas, 10 inches of rain were reported overnight. With evacuation orders being canceled or downgraded in Santa Barbara and Ventura County, residents are cautioned about the 'windshield wiper effect,' where intense rainfall may recede and target the region again. Six homes were reported damaged by debris flow in Los Angeles.

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Record-Breaking Rainfall and Deaths

The giant atmospheric river-fueled storm has caused record levels of rain, dangerous flooding, and violent winds, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands. Tragically, at least two people have died due to the storm, with nearly 38 million people under flood alerts across the state and into Arizona. California's governor declared a state of emergency for several counties, highlighting the severity of the situation.

Continued Threat and Precautions

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Forecasters predict 8 to 15 inches of rain in the mountains and foothills of Southern California, with 4 to 8 inches in lower-lying areas. Evacuation orders have been issued for high-risk neighborhoods in canyons and near rivers or streams. The National Weather Service is urging people to stay home and off roads, as the rain could continue through the week.

Power Outages and Travel Disruptions

The storm has resulted in widespread power outages, with over 847,000 customers without electricity statewide by Sunday evening. Delays and cancellations at San Francisco International Airport have occurred, and significant snowfall has been reported in the Sierra Nevada. Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for several counties, and evacuation orders and warnings are in effect for mountain and canyon areas.

Historic Storm Leaves Millions Without Power

The storm, the second one fueled by an atmospheric river, sent a record level of rain, mud, and debris through parts of Los Angeles. This historic storm has left 1.1 million people without power. The flash flooding and threat of mudslides pose a particularly dangerous situation, with crews rescuing people from swift-moving water in various parts of Southern California. The storm also caused havoc in the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the state, with gusts exceeding 80 mph recorded in the mountains and a rare hurricane-force wind warning issued for the Central Coast.

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