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Earthquake Rocks Western China While Flooding Grips San Diego

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It has been a busy few days keeping track of the extreme weather-related headlines from around the world. From debilitating flooding in San Diego to an earthquake and mudslides in China, here are a few of the top stories.

Wettest January Day on Record Triggers Flooding in San Diego

Officials in San Diego County were forced to declare several states of emergency on Monday after some parts of Southern California were left underwater after picking up over a month's worth of rain in just one day.

Hundreds of people were rescued in the Southcrest neighborhood to the southeast of downtown San Diego after a creek overflowed its banks. There were also multiple mudslides reported in Southern California on Monday.

How wet was it?

More than 5 inches of rain was recorded northeast of downtown San Diego, creating immense flooding. The airport saw 2.73 inches of water on Monday alone, making it the wettest day ever recorded in January. The measurement was also good enough to take fourth place overall in the wettest day in the city's history. The average amount of rain that falls in all of January in San Diego is 1.98 inches.

Dry weather is in the forecast for San Diego and the majority of Southern California for the balance of the week and into the weekend. However, the rest of the West Coast will continue to see the active storm track move in from the Pacific Ocean in the coming days.


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