Storm brings fatalities, flooding, waves, and more warnings more to come….
Sacramento was hit with an “atmospheric river” Wednesday and overnight Thursday as a storm swept through the region, dumping record amounts of rain and leaving hundreds without power, according to weather officials.
Downtown Sacramento had received 1.39 inches of rain since Wednesday morning.
Sacramento Executive Airport recorded 1.41 inches of rain, breaking the record of 1.31 inches set in 1978, the NWS reported.
The storm that has played a role in five people’s deaths and brought torrential rainfall and fierce winds to the region will continue to linger Thursday with widespread showers and coastal flooding in the Bay Area, officials said.
Storm systems like the one we’re seeing (and hearing) today begin far out at sea and gather abundant moisture as they travels towards land, often driven by high winds. Atmospheric rivers can hold more than 10 times the amount of water found in the Mississippi River. All that rain can be a boon for the region, but also carries threats.
Heavy rain from an atmospheric river last January pounded Santa Barbara County, leading to the deadly Montecito mudslides. And Thursday’s storm is sparking similar concerns.
Flash Flood Warnings have been issued in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in the burn zones of 2017’s Thomas Fire.
The storms will then roll east, bringing heavy snow to parts of the Midwest barely recovered from up to 20 inches of snow last week,
Before the storms exit the country, FORECASTERS warn that parts of New England could be slammed with 40 inches of snow.
“The second of two storms this week will be a blockbuster in terms of impact and dangerous conditions,”
In Northern California, trees and power lines toppled in some areas deluged by up to five inches of rain in recent days. The scenic Pacific Coast Highway was closed overnight near Big Sur due to mudslides and flooding.
In Southern California, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said 19 vehicles crashed and 35 people suffered “minor to modest injuries” in a crash in fog near mountainous Cajon Pass.
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Three feet of snow or more were forecast high in the Sierra Nevada, where blizzard warnings were in effect deep into Thursday, the weather service said.
Those who Are on the road through the heart of the snow and ice area will be at risk for becoming stranded for many hours. You may have to face temperatures plummeting to dangerously low levels.
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Close to 30 inches of snow may fall on parts of central and northern New York state to perhaps the northern tier of Pennsylvania. Snowfall rates could reach 2-3 inches per hour.
Snowfall of 12-24 inches is likely to be more common in the heaviest band from the storm,
But, blowing and drifting at the height and conclusion of the storm may cause the snow depth to vary by several feet. Plows are not likely to be able to keep up. As the storm strengthens, winds will cause major blowing and drifting of snow.
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From the Malibu Times:
I know many of you are having second thoughts about having evacuated your homes during the Woolsey Fire. Many of you are considering staying next time to protect your homes during a fire. For a fire, staying may be a sensible alternative, but for a mudslide or debris flow, staying is pure insanity. There is almost nothing you can do to help and you are putting yourself into extreme danger.
This is not a theoretical discussion. Last year, the Thomas Fire was a major fire in Santa Barbara County, just north of Malibu. The hills were burned out. There were large patches of mountains and hillsides with no vegetation left—and then, the rains came. Hillsides, particularly denuded hillsides, have only so much capacity to hold onto the water and, at some point, the water is no longer absorbed and runs off toward the ocean. But the real danger is the mudslides and debris/rockslides. Once the hillsides let go, there is no way to hold the slides back. They pick up momentum as they rush downhill, tearing up trees, buildings, cars, retaining walls and, most dangerously, people. In Montecito, the debris flow ran 15 feet high, took everything I mentioned and killed 21 people. It was sudden, without time to do anything, and those in its path died.
If you live in Malibu, in any of these areas, don’t even think about it. Just leave—the sooner the better.
• Corral Canyon / El Nido
• Escondido / Old Chimney
• Escondido Drive / Latigo Canyon
• Malibu West / Trancas Canyon
• Malibou Lake
• All of Ramirez Canyon Road and adjacent streets
• Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park and Restaurant
The county engineers and staff believe all of the properties in these areas are in danger with a high risk for mud and/or debris flow. Even if you’re not directly affected, the roads around you may become inaccessible, so pick up the family, the kids, the pets and a change of underwear and go stay with friends. The rain is expected to last through Thursday. Worst case, it’s all just a false alarm. Best case, you might really be saving your life.
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