Power outages and mudslides as deadly floods sweep the submerged state

Power outages, school closures, mudslides, flooding, evacuations — fifth in a parade of deadly storms Atmospheric rivers California is hitting, and residents and officials are struggling to deal with the deluge of water. Across the state, residents faced a series of weather warnings and advisories Tuesday.

National Weather Service forecasters warned of “heavy rainfall, widespread flooding, rapid water surges, mudslides and landslides with possible debris flows, heavy mountain snow and landslides with strong winds.” According to the service, rainfall levels across the state were 400-600% above average over the past several weeks.

Sacramento office of the service warned Thunderstorm clouds and brief tornadoes moved across the region Tuesday afternoon, while its Los Angeles office said An inch of rain per hour in the area.

Merced, California is flooded
This aerial view shows a flooded neighborhood in Merced, California on January 10, 2023.

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And meteorologists have warned that another storm is already on its way.

“The center of the system will drift along the coast with moderate to heavy rain across much of California beginning tonight, while several more feet of snow is possible in the Sierra Nevada.” The weather service saidAnother atmospheric river moves into Northern California on Wednesday.

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