Atmospheric river hits California with floods and hurricane-force winds: Latest


Atmospheric river comes to SoCal

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles issued a stern warning on Sunday afternoon, saying that the incoming storm is “dangerous” and comes “with major risks to life and property,” including “substantial flooding”.

“Residents should heed any evacuation orders. Stay off the roads, especially the freeways, this afternoon through at least Monday morning,” they said.

The first-ever hurricane-force wind warning was issued in northern California in the early hours of Sunday, with wind gusts of almost 90mph reported even before the full force of the storm was set to hit the state.

California was preparing for weeks worth of rainfall over the coming few days, raising the threat of dangerous flooding and mudslides. Los Angeles could see 15 inches of rainfall through Wednesday, forecasters said.

More than 242,000 customers in the state were without power just before 5pm on Sunday. More than a foot of snow in 24 hours has already been observed northwest of Lake Tahoe.

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PHOTOS: Boat washed ashore as atmospheric river storm hits California

A wave hits a boat which washed ashore as a powerful long-duration atmospheric river storm, the second in less than a week, impacts California on February 4, 2024 in Santa Barbara, California

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Nate Stephenson takes photos of a boat which washed ashore as a powerful long-duration atmospheric river storm, the second in less than a week, impacts California on February 4, 2024 in Santa Barbara, California

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People walk past a boat that washes ashore during an atmospheric river weather event in Santa Barbara, California USA, 04 February 2024

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Sand blows as a wave hits a boat which washed ashore as a powerful long-duration atmospheric river storm, the second in less than a week, impacts California on February 4, 2024 in Santa Barbara, California

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Nate Stephenson takes photos of a boat that washed ashore as a powerful long-duration atmospheric river storm, the second in less than a week, impacts California on February 4, 2024 in Santa Barbara, California

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Wind gusts of 138mph recorded in California

Heavy rains and winds are battering California tonight with gusts of over 100mph recorded in several regions.

The Ward Mountain region has recorded 138mph of wind gusts, according to Jesse Ferrell, meteorologist at AccuWeather. While Upper Bull has seen 120 mph winds.

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Map shows peak wind gusts between Saturday and Sunday reaching as high as 75mph

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In Photos: Heavy rains and winds topple trees in California

EMTs assist a man who was hit by a fallen palm tree

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Workers clear a tree that fell onto a home during heavy wind and rain on Sunday in San Jose, California

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Workers clear an area of a fallen tree in downtown San Francisco, California

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‘This storm is cranking off the coast and behaving largely as expected’

“There’s lots of folks saying, ‘why hasn’t the rain been heavier at my house? Why hasn’t the wind been stronger?’ In a lot of cases, that’s just because it hasn’t arrived yet at specific locations,” he added.

“Just to reiterate, a lot of folks are saying ‘oh it’s sunny and 70 degrees, partly cloudy in Southern California. This storm was a bust’. No, it’s still just 500 miles to your west,” Dr Swain said.

“It is absolutely coming. If anything, it looks a little bit wetter even than it did yesterday. And those were already some pretty extreme totals,” he added.

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Flipped vehicles and fallen trees on California highways

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Large amounts of rain and snowfall until at least the middle of next week

The storm is expected to bring large amounts of rain and snowfall until at least the middle of next week.

She noted that the size of the storm may mean that five states in the west may feel its impact, but added that California is “expected to bear the brunt of the wind, rain and snow”.

Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski noted that “Public awareness and storm readiness are strongly encouraged as life-threatening conditions may evolve in some communities”.

Population centres that were expected to be affected included San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

“The San Bernardino Mountains outside of Los Angeles are projected to be a hot spot in terms of rainfall totals,” meteorologist Adam Douty said.

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First ever Hurricane Force Wind Warning since recordkeeping began

The first ever Hurricane Force Wind Warning since recordkeeping began was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for the Bay Area in California in the early hours of Sunday.

The agency warned of wind gusts of up to 90mph in the coastal water off Big Sur. Isolated thunderstorms and wind gusts going all the way from San Jose along the Central Coast were also expected throughout Sunday.

“Heavy rain and flooding are concerns today, especially for the Santa Cruz and Santa Lucia Mountains where several inches of rain are expected,” NWS Bay Area said on X just after 8am on Sunday.

“Roughly 94 per cent of California’s population, up to 37 million people, is at risk for life-threatening flooding,” AccuWeather Senior Director of Forecasting Operations Dan DePodwin said ahead of the storm. “Due to the numerous mountains and hills, even just a few inches of rain can cause significant flooding. The greatest risk of a widespread flooding disaster is expected across the canyons and hills of Southern California, especially in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties.”

Gustaf Kilander5 February 2024 08:00

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Satellite image shows atmospheric river over California

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‘This storm is predicted to be one of the largest and most significant in our county’s history’

Large parts of the California coastline were placed under flood watches, in addition to the issuing of warnings of the strong winds on Sunday.

“This storm is predicted to be one of the largest and most significant in our county’s history and our goal is to get through it without any fatalities or any serious injuries,” Sheriff Bill Brown of Santa Barbara County told the press on Saturday.

The storm is called a “Pineapple Express” because the moisture from the atmospheric river reaches all the way across the Pacific to the vicinity of Hawaii. It struck Northern California by Saturday, with wind, surf, or flood warnings having been issued in most of the state.

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