Los Angeles, California – A powerful storm has wreaked havoc in California, resulting in at least three deaths and causing widespread flooding, mudslides, and power outages. The state is bracing for more heavy rain and life-threatening flash floods as the storm continues to batter the region. This extreme weather event has prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency in eight counties.
The storm, fueled by an atmospheric river effect, is the second of its kind to hit California in just two weeks. Forecasters are warning of continued heavy rainfall and dangerous conditions, prompting evacuation orders for hilly neighborhoods in the south of the state, including Los Angeles, where city leaders have declared an emergency.
The record-breaking rainfall has led to flooding incidents and several rescues by fire officials, who have responded to over 130 flooding incidents. Governor Gavin Newsom has urged residents to stay off the roads and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
In addition to the devastating flooding, the storm has also resulted in multiple fatalities, with three men killed by falling trees, and reports of mudslides and debris flows in various parts of Los Angeles. Moreover, the storm system has triggered power cuts, downed trees, and heavy snowfall across the region, impacting daily life for residents and causing widespread disruptions.
The National Weather Service reported that downtown Los Angeles experienced a record-setting 4.1 inches of rain, surpassing previous records. Other areas in LA County have recorded over 11 inches of rain since the weekend, nearing the region’s average annual rainfall in just a few days.
The storm’s impact has been felt far and wide, forcing schools to close and prompting rescue operations for stranded individuals, including boaters and motorists caught in the floodwaters. Residents across the state have been advised to exercise caution and stay informed about the evolving weather conditions.
As the storm continues to unleash its fury, California remains on high alert, with emergency response teams working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of residents affected by the extreme weather.