Californian "bombogenesis" or "weather bomb" HEADS NORTH! Oroville Dam residents alert to possible second evacuation leaves 5 dead

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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.

    Forecasters warned residents in the north,
    including San Francisco, to expect more heavy rain on Sunday.
    Torrential rain, flash floods and mud
    slides wreaked havoc on Friday and early Saturday, killing at least five
    people.
    Metrologists said it was the worst storm to
    hit California in years, reports the BBC.
    Southern California cleaned up on Saturday
    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.

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    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
    Weather Service.
    In one of wettest spots near Santa Barbara,
    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.
    “It’s been a very active winter and
    rainy season for the entire state of California,” Burke said.
    “They needed that because of the
    drought. But sometimes droughts end with a flood and we’ve gone from one
    extreme to the other.”
    Parts of Southern California have been the
    slowest to exit the drought.
    But the state’s reservoirs are 22 percent
    more full than the average, according to the California Department of Water
    Resources.

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    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.
    By Saturday afternoon, the storm had moved
    east into Nevada and Arizona.
    Northern California will be walloped with
    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.
    Meanwhile, utility crews worked to restore
    electricity to tens of thousands of customers affected by power outages
    throughout the Los Angeles area on Saturday.
    One man died on Friday after he was
    electrocuted by a downed wire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.


    Credit NASA

    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.

    The storm also brought unusually strong
    winds.
    At the Port of Los Angeles, gusts as high
    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
    website.



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