California braces for THREE more storms after battering from bomb cyclone left more than 460K without power and two dead: LA will get a further three inches of rain and San Francisco faces flooding after eight
- An atmospheric river of dense moisture will move to Central California today
- At least six people have died from weather-related incidents in California since New Year’s weekend after the bomb cyclone hit the region
- There are currently 461,960 people without power as California reels from the aftermath of the torrent
California is bracing for three more storms after the state was battered by a weather bomb cyclone – as Los Angeles and San Francisco could get inches of torrential rain in more flash flooding.
There are currently 461,960 people without power as California reels from the aftermath of the torrent. But the lull is only expected to be short – with Pacific storms lined up to wreak more havoc.
Trees have been toppled, streets are flooded and coastlines have been ambushed in the devastating weather front that continues its relentless deluge in California.
National Weather Service said: ‘A very active weather pattern across the Pacific Ocean will continue to push energetic and fast-moving low pressure systems toward the West Coast.
‘California continues to take the brunt of the heavy precipitation and strong winds associated with these systems as we head into the first full weekend of 2023.’
Trees have been ripped from their roots during the torrential weather in California – but more is on the way
There are currently 461,960 people without power as California reels from the aftermath of the torrent
Forecasters warned that northern and Central California was still in the path of a ‘relentless parade of cyclones’ on Sunday, promising little relief for the region.
An atmospheric river of dense moisture in the sky will move to Central California today – but new storms are set to bring more torrents to Northern California this week.
In the Los Angeles area, light rain was forecast for the weekend with stormy conditions expected to return Monday with the potential for up to 8 inches of rain in the foothills.
Two overlapping phenomena – an immense airborne stream of dense moisture from the ocean called an atmospheric river and a sprawling, hurricane-force low-pressure system known as a bomb cyclone – have caused devastating flooding and record snowfall over the past week.
The latest storms is said to be illustrating the consequences of warmer sea and air temperatures caused by climate change, according to meteorologists.
At least six people have died from weather-related incidents in California since New Year’s weekend, including a toddler killed by a fallen redwood tree crushing a mobile home in northern California.
Since December 26, San Francisco received more than 10 inches of rain, while Mammoth Mountain, a popular ski area in the Eastern Sierra, received nearly 10 feet of snow, the National Weather Service reported.
In the Los Angeles area, light rain was forecast for the weekend with stormy conditions expected to return Monday with the potential for up to 8 inches of rain in the foothills
A drone view of a tree that fell during a winter storm with high winds in West Sacramento
And the city had its wettest 10-day period on record for since 1871 with more than a foot of rain since December 1. Between 4 and 6 inches are rain are expected to fall in the coming days.
‘Snow totals are looking to be 1-2 feet with some of the higher elevations seeing 3 feet or more leading to significant travel impacts,’ the weather service office in Sacramento said in relation to the next batch of storms.
Flooding is expected to be a widespread concern due to the multiple atmospheric river events and record rainfall already seen in the state.
Over 15 million people in California are under flood watches this weekend, and there is a slight-to-moderate risk of excessive rainfall across much of northern and central California, increasing to a more widespread moderate risk by Monday.
All the storms won’t be enough to officially end California’s ongoing drought but they are helping.
A semi tractor-trailer lies on its side along after it was toppled by high winds during a winter storm along Interstate 5 in Woodland, California
Residents look at a tree that fell in high winds during a winter storm in West Sacramento, California
‘We do expect an even stronger storm to impact the state Sunday night through Tuesday than the one we will see early on this weekend,’ said meteorologist Matt Solum to CNN. ‘We encourage everyone to take the time over the weekend to make any needed preparations for the next storm coming in.’
‘Additional rain on already saturated soils will contribute to additional flooding concerns across much of the state. There will continue to be an increased risk of rock slides and mud slides across much of the state as well,’ Solum added.
In the last week, severe weather spawned violent wind gusts that toppled semi-trucks, flooded the streets of small towns along northern California’s coast and churned up storm surge that destroyed a pier in the beach city of Santa Cruz.
The heavy rain and snow have already caused significant flooding and ground saturation, meaning the next storm to move through early this week would bring an additional flood threat, the NWS said.
Five feet of snow could fall on the Sierra Nevada mountains by Tuesday.
Drone photos provided by Gerry Jensen show the aftermath of a bomb cyclone that hit Santa Cruz, California, earlier this week on January 4
Debris is seen piled up in front of a restaurant following a massive storm that hit the area on January 6 in Capitola, California
Damage is visible on the Capitola Wharf following a powerful winter storm with part of the pier having appeared to have broken apart
Damage from a powerful storm is visible in Capitola, California
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