Los Angeles, California – The National Weather Service issued a warning about a dangerous storm approaching Southern California. The storm, known as an atmospheric river, poses major risks to life and property, including the threat of substantial flooding.
The storm brought hurricane-force winds to northern California, with gusts reaching nearly 90mph before the storm’s full force hit the state. Anticipating weeks of rainfall, forecasters predicted up to 15 inches of rain in Los Angeles by Wednesday. As a result, more than 242,000 customers were left without power, with over a foot of snow observed northwest of Lake Tahoe.
The storm prompted the first-ever hurricane-force wind warning in California. The warning was issued for the Bay Area and the Central Coast, with concerns of heavy rain, flooding, and potential life-threatening conditions. The risk of dangerous flooding was especially high in canyons and hills of Southern California, including Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles counties.
As a result, evacuation orders were issued, and residents were urged to stay off the roads to avoid the potential dangers presented by the storm. The state declared a state of emergency in eight counties, with a combined population of over 20 million people.
The ongoing storm is expected to bring one of the most dramatic weather events in recent memory, potentially leading to dangerous flash flooding, mudslides, and the threat of landslides. The National Weather Service warned that the flash flooding could be life-threatening, and large parts of the California coastline were placed under flood watches.
The state of California is bracing for the impact of this significant storm, with officials preparing to deal with the potential aftermath of dangerous flooding and other weather-related hazards. As the storm continues its onslaught, emergency services are working to ensure the safety and well-being of residents most at risk from the extreme weather conditions.