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Power outages and mudslides as deadly floods sweep the waterlogged state

Power outages and mudslides as deadly floods sweep the waterlogged state

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Power outages, school closures, mudslides, flooding, evacuations — the fifth in a parade of deadly storms led by atmospheric rivers is hitting California, and residents and authorities are struggling to cope with the deluge of water. Across the state, residents faced extended weather warnings and advisories Tuesday.

National Weather Service forecasters warned of “torrential rain, widespread flooding, rapidly rising water, mudslides and landslides with possible debris flows, heavy mountain snow and gusty winds” as some communities saw up to a foot of rain. Total rainfall in the state over the past few weeks has been 400-600 percent above average, according to the service.

Service office in Sacramento warned of possible funnel clouds and brief tornadoes as thunderstorms move through the region Tuesday afternoon, as his Los Angeles office said inches of rain per hour In the zone.

A flooded neighborhood in Merced, California
This aerial view shows a flooded neighborhood in Merced, California on January 10, 2023.

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And meteorologists have warned that another storm is already on the way.

“The core of the system will hit land with moderate to heavy rain resuming across much of California today through tonight, while several more feet of snow is possible across the Sierra Nevada.” the weather service saidwith another atmospheric river headed for Northern California on Wednesday.

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