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Oroville Dam residence react to possible
second evacuation with storm approaching as the fierce storm, dubbed
“bombogenesis” or “weather bomb”, has eased in southern
California, while pressing on further north in the US state.
including San Francisco, to expect more heavy rain on Sunday.
slides wreaked havoc on Friday and early Saturday, killing at least five
hit California in years, reports the BBC.
after its biggest storm in years unleashed a wave of rain and snow that killed
at least five people and triggered flooding, mudslides, high winds and power
outages, officials said.
Vital highways and railways were shut down and
sinkholes opened on main roads under the heaviest rainfall in the
drought-stricken region in at least five years, according to the National
over 10 inches (25 cm) of rain fell on Friday with several other stations in
Southern California reporting at least 9 inches (23 cm), said meteorologist
Patrick Burke of the Weather Prediction Center.
rainy season for the entire state of California,” Burke said.
drought. But sometimes droughts end with a flood and we’ve gone from one
extreme to the other.”
slowest to exit the drought.
more full than the average, according to the California Department of Water
Since Oct. 1, downtown Los Angeles has
received more than 18 inches (46 cm) of rain, which is higher than the total
annual average of just less than 15 inches.
east into Nevada and Arizona.
more rain and snow beginning on Sunday, with 4 to 8 inches (10 cm to 20 cm) of
precipitation expected in the coastal mountains, Burke said.
electricity to tens of thousands of customers affected by power outages
throughout the Los Angeles area on Saturday.
electrocuted by a downed wire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
Another person was found dead in a
submerged vehicle in Victorville, about 85 miles (137 km) northeast of Los
Angeles, fire officials said.
And the body of a man was discovered on
Saturday morning in a creek in Thousand Oaks, 40 miles (64 km) west of downtown
Los Angeles, after he was swept away by floodwaters, the Ventura County
Sheriff’s Office said.
as 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) were recorded on Friday. Amtrak railroad
service was suspended from Los Angeles north to San Luis Obispo on Saturday due
to extreme weather conditions, according to the transportation service’s