Within days, a second atmospheric river brought hundreds of mudslides and hurricane-force winds to California, resulting in tornado warnings.
One of the wettest storms on record, with between 6 and 12 inches, hit the Los Angeles area, causing about 400 mudslides. Authorities issued a warning, stating that the hazard remained, according to The Associated Press (AP).
“There will be an end, but not until Thursday or Friday. The Los Angeles National Weather Service sent a statement online that read, “Do not be misled by the break Wednesday morning. More rain and mountain snow are coming Wednesday afternoon and night.”
A tornado warning was issued over San Diego County by the National Weather Service, an unusual action that was promptly revoked by forecasters when it became apparent that the storm would not produce a tornado.
Responding to reported damages and evaluating the storm’s effects have been started by crews in the Los Angeles area. As the hurricane continues to cause damage to houses, Mayor Karen Bass stated that all city departments have been called upon to provide residents with the necessary resources.
Thousands lost electricity and hundreds of thousands of homes were inundated as a result of the rains. Due to the storm, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) issued an emergency declaration for eight counties in the state’s southern region.
Forecasters are alerting people about the possibility of potentially fatal flash flooding. Residents are being asked to avoid the roadways until the situation improves.
383 mudslides have been responded to by workers thus far. According to the AP, inhabitants of ten additional buildings gathered their possessions but evacuated the area due to the damage, leaving seven structures declared unusable.
Although the number of demolished residences is unknown, Bass claimed the city’s emergency shelters were filled.
About 80 miles east of Los Angeles, on Monday, a man lost his life after his truck plunged down an embankment and filled with water. After the man’s vehicle collided with a tow truck, another man lost his life. Strong gusts in Northern California caused trees to tumble, resulting in the deaths of four individuals, according to the AP.
In several areas of Southern California, numerous individuals have been saved from the swiftly flowing water.