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A Powerful Storm California Has Been Flooded With Will Move into the Southwest on Tuesday and Wednesday

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A powerful storm California has been grappling with caused by an atmospheric river is finally expected to break up late Tuesday and into Wednesday after dousing the region with heavy rain and dangerous winds.

So far, at least three people have died. Here is the latest on the deadly storms in California and where they may be headed next.

California Flash Flood, Blizzard Conditions, and More Spread

The storm California has been hit hard with prompted a state of emergency as the West Coast remains under the grip of a storm packing wind speeds as high as 160-mph and torrential rainfall.

The moisture-filled atmospheric river delivered nearly a half of a year's worth of rain in just a few days to Los Angeles and beyond, triggering a California flash flood emergency for many communities.

The high winds have also knocked out power to almost one million Californians. These winds have combined with snow in the higher terrains to create blizzard conditions.

Hurricane-force winds were reported at the peak of Ward Mountain with a gust of 162 mph. Other noteworthy wind gusts include a reading of 148 mph at Palisades Tahoe and a measurement of 125 mph across Mammoth Mountain.

The top elevations of the Sierra Nevada have been on the receiving end of the bulk of the snow with totals forecast to hit up to 6 feet. Even in an area used to significant snowfall, these measurements will still create the risk of avalanches and road closures.

High winds were also reported at the lower elevations of the state. San Francisco International Airport recorded a gust of 67 mph. Meanwhile, a 41-year-old man lost his life in Yuba City in the northern part of the state after a tree fell on him.


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