Pacific storm unleashes extreme weather in California

Pacific storm unleashes extreme weather in California.
Pacific storm unleashes extreme weather in California. Photo by CEMT

High winds, heavy snow, and severe rainfall lashed out for the second day as thousands of houses in California were left without electricity 

A severe Pacific storm has unleased a spell of heavy rain, high-velocity winds, and snowfall across the US state of California.

According to a report in Reuters on Thursday, January 5, thousands of homes are now without any electricity, as parts of the state are now facing severe flash flooding.  

Authorities have reported that two people have died, including a 1-year-old child and a 19-year-old woman.  

Over 180,000 homes and businesses have been reported to be without any electricity, while some areas reported winds exceeding 160 kmph (100mph).  

The US National Weather Service said, “The deadly storm was powered by two overlapping phenomena – an immense airborne stream of dense moisture from the ocean called an atmospheric river, and a sprawling, hurricane-force low-pressure system known as a bomb cyclone”.  

The weather service has also warned of flash floods and mudslides.  They said, this is more likely due to the ground level being already too saturated from previous rains, as well as, a lack of vegetation in some regions due to wildfires.


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