caught in a storm California Wind, rain and snow increased on Saturday, raising concerns about flooding, causing power outages and making travel dangerous.
A band of rain and wind is expected to begin in the north and spread southward, with more storms expected through early next week, according to the National Weather Service.
According to poweroutage.us, more than 68,000 customers had no electricity on Saturday morning, and by the afternoon that number had fallen by more than half.
Flood warnings have been issued for areas north of San Francisco Bay, including Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
In the south, warnings were posted in counties such as San Mateo and Santa Cruz, and the small community of Felton Grove on the San Lorenzo River was ordered to evacuate. Residents of the Wilton area, a semi-rural area in southeastern Sacramento County, have also been ordered to evacuate. Authorities cited the threat of flooding from the Kosmnes River.
A swollen Salinas River has inundated farmland in Monterey County, and to the east, a flood warning has been issued for Merced County in the farmland’s Central Valley, and Governor Gavin Newsom has come to see the storm problem.
At a briefing with local leaders, Newsom urged people to be on the safe side for the next 24-48 days. time.
“This is happening all over California, and I want to say … you are taking the brunt of it disproportionately. If you feel that way, you are right,” Newsom said. I was.
Smooth roads, snow and whiteout conditions plagued the highway through the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The University of California, Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab received 21.3 inches (54 cm) of snow in 24 hours Saturday morning, with nearly 10 feet (3 m) of snow cover expected to grow by a few more feet by Monday. Tweeted.
A backcountry avalanche warning has been issued for the central Sierra, including around Lake Tahoe.
“Atmospheric River” series – A long stream of moisture that carries water vapor from the tropics after warm water evaporates from the Pacific Ocean – Has brought rain and snow to California since late December, shutting down thousands of power lines, flooding roads and causing debris flows released and caused a landslide.
At least 19 storm-related deaths have been reported, 5-year-old boy remains missing After being swept out of her mother’s car in the San Luis Obispo County floods.
At a briefing by state and federal officials on Friday, Sean Duryea, deputy commissioner of the California Highway Patrol, said half of the deaths involved motorists, who were not paying attention to road closure signs. He said it could have been prevented.
A dry day is in the forecast for next week in California starting Tuesday.
“The question is will it stay dry until the end of the month,” wrote the San Francisco Bay Area Weather Service.
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