Tuesday, February 7, 2023

A powerful storm moves toward Central America after hitting California with dangerous flooding, forcing rescues and evacuations

(CNN) — A powerful storm system that hit California on New Year’s Eve, causing widespread flooding and power outages, is headed toward the central United States on Monday, and more than 15 million people from the West Coast to Illinois are bracing for the winter. Weather monitoring.

An atmospheric river, a long, narrow area in the atmosphere that can carry moisture thousands of miles, fueled a parade of storms that dumped thick snow on mountains and drenched northern California, closing roads and ordering rescues and extracted from the water.

At least two people were killed in the storm, including one found dead inside a completely submerged vehicle in Sacramento County on Saturday, and a 72-year-old man who died after being struck by a fallen tree in Santa Park . according to officials.

Several others in northern California were rescued from flood waters when rivers overflowed and roads became impassable.

According to Poweroutage.US, 103,000 homes, businesses and other power customers were without power in California and Nevada as of Sunday night, down from more than 300,000 power outages on Saturday.

Snow is expected Monday in the Rocky Mountains, northern Plains and eventually parts of the Midwest where winter storm watches are posted.

Widespread snowfall of 4 to 8 inches is forecast, but 12 to 24 inches of snow can be expected in the higher mountains.

On the southern end of the storm, severe thunderstorms are possible throughout the south Monday through Tuesday.

Parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana are at risk of severe storms with strong winds, severe tornadoes and hail on Monday. The storm is expected to start in the afternoon and continue till night.

California communities evacuated due to widespread flooding

Three vehicles are submerged on Dillard Road west of Highway 99 in south Sacramento County in Wilton, California, on Sunday after heavy rain on New Year’s Eve. (Credit: Hector Amezcua/ Associated Press)

An evacuation order was issued for rural areas of Point Pleasant in Sacramento County on Sunday, while Glenville Tract and Franklin Pond were under an evacuation warning.

“Flooding from the Cosmanes River and Mokelumne River is expected to move southwest toward I-5 and may reach these areas by midnight,” the agency tweeted.

The day before, rising floodwaters forced the evacuation of three nearby communities in Wilton, California, as well as the town of Watsonville in Santa Cruz County.

A Flash Flood Watch has been activated along the 5 Freeway toward the Sacramento River and to the west, where there was concern for excessive rainfall and flooding in the Cosmanes and Mokelumne Rivers.

The storm disrupted travel on several highways in northern California, amid reports of flooded roads and mudslides.

The California Department of Transportation tweeted, “Flooding from the Cosmanes River closed Highway 99 south of Elk Grove in Sacramento County.” “SR 99 is one of the busiest and most commercially important corridors in the state,” says its website.

Aerial video from CNN affiliate KCRA showed cars submerged by their door handles in floodwaters from the 99 Freeway and Dillard Street area. Chris Schumber, a fire captain with the Cosumnes Fire Department, told the station that “dozens and dozens” of people had been rescued.

US Highway 101, one of California’s most famous routes, was also temporarily closed in both directions south of San Francisco on Saturday. moving”.

The weather system is expected to bring light to moderate valley rain and mountain snow to the area on Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

It’s unclear how much the storm will affect ongoing drought conditions in California, which began 2022 with its driest start of the year and ended with flooded roads and swollen rivers.

The mountain regions of Northern California received impressive snowfall over the weekend.

Places above 5,000 feet in the Sierra saw about 8 to 45 inches of snow fall Saturday through early Sunday, and another round of light snow is on the way.

Sierra Snow Lab recorded a 24-hour total of 30 inches of snow, Bear Valley Ski Resort recorded 21 inches, Boreal Ski Resort 40 inches, Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort 42 inches and Soda Springs 40 inches, to According to. Meteorology.

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