Southern California is facing landslides, flash flooding and torrential rain as the state is hit by an atmospheric river for a second day.
Nearly 1.4 million people in the region were under flash flood warnings and more than 500,000 were without power as of Monday morning in California, according to Poweroutage.us.
More than nine inches of rain fell in many parts of Los Angeles County, and the National Weather Service says up to 14 inches of rain could fall in mountain and foothill communities.
“The ongoing atmospheric river will bring another day of heavy rainfall to California,” the National Weather Service said. “Heavy snowfall in the mountains will make travel dangerous at times almost impossible, while heavy rain will cause flash floods.”
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Rare “Hurricane Force Wind Warning” Established by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast. The NWS is predicting potential wind gusts up to 92 mph from the Monterey Peninsula to the northern part of San Luis Obispo County.
A state of emergency has been declared for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Evacuation orders and warnings were in effect for mountain and valley areas of Monterey, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
“This is just the beginning. We’re not even close to seeing the worst of this storm,” said Henry DiCarlo, meteorologist at NewsNation’s local affiliate KTLA.
The storm caused trees to fall onto power lines and cars in the San Francisco Bay Area, with some areas recording winds of over 60 mph. Winds gusted over 80 mph in the mountains.
Several vehicles were trapped by flowing mud, rocks and tree branches in an area of Los Angeles, KTLA reported.
Several major airports in the Los Angeles area had to delay or cancel flights.
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Said on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, that all Malibu schools will be closed Monday due to the weather. Additionally, classes were also canceled in Santa Barbara County schools. Los Angeles Unified School District said its schools will remain open except Topanga Elementary Charter School and Vinedale College Preparatory Academy.
This occurred as much of California was already drying up due to another atmospheric river, which also caused flooding. It reached the coast of Northern California on Saturday, when much of the state was under some type of wind, wave or flood watch.