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'Potentially Historic' California Storms Flooding the State Poses Risks to Lives and Property

5 months ago
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Over the next several days, intense California storms flooding the state poses threats across the West Coast. Torrential rainfall, hurricane-force winds, disruptive mountain snow and widespread flooding could impact major population centers from California to Nevada. According to the National Weather Service, this system could be "potentially historic" as 38 million people are under flood alerts.

With soil already saturated from recent storms, additional heavy precipitation may trigger flash flooding, debris flows, road closures and power outages.

Where is the Flooding in California?

The low-pressure system tracked northward along the California coast Sunday night into Monday, pulling deep Pacific moisture onshore. The storm's expansive nature means potential impacts for at least five states. However, California faces the most significant dangers due to projected wind, rain, and Sierra Nevada snowfall extremes.

Forecasters strongly advise storm readiness, as conditions could become life-threatening in some areas. For example, flash floods in Los Angeles have become catastrophic and deadly. Impacts range from California storms flooding urban areas, landslides, travel issues, wind damage, and electricity loss.

At a minimum, most of California should observe 1-2 inches of rainfall over three days. Still, a broad area from Los Angeles to the Sierra Nevada could register 4-8 inches, with isolated higher amounts.



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