Northern California flooded after powerful storm brings drenching rain - The Guardian US

Flash flood warnings have been issued on Sunday in materials of northern California after a powerful storm brought drenching rain and heavy snowstorm in a single day, snarling site visitors and closing highways because the state ushered within the new yr.

Residents within the area of Wilton in Sacramento county have been urged to are seeking for higher ground by means of emergency officers amid the hazard of "impending levee failure" on a element of the local Cosumnes River, the Sacramento Bee mentioned.

Many roads were beneath water on Sunday and rivers were above flood stage.

And within the excessive Sierra Nevada, snow amassed and the country wide weather carrier in Sacramento warned about hazardous riding situations and posted photos on Twitter displaying site visitors on snow-lined mountain passes, the place motors had been required to have chains or 4-wheel force.

The so-called atmospheric river storm changed into pulling in a long and broad plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean on Friday and Saturday. Flooding and rock slides closed portions of roads throughout northern California.

Precipitation become easing because the new yr became rung in, however the possibility of flooding remained.

It turned into the first of a couple of storms anticipated to roll across California over the next week. The existing gadget is expected to be hotter and wetter, while subsequent week's storms may be less warm, decreasing snow levels in the mountains, mentioned Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist on the countrywide weather carrier in Sacramento.

The Sacramento area could acquire a total of four to five inches of rain over the span of the week, Chandler-Cooley referred to.

The intense weather got here amid the longer-term photo of a ancient mega-drought within the area and the broader region, punctuated via devastating wildfires over a protracted season, that adds as much as a climate catastrophe in the American west.

meanwhile, virtually 300 miles north-west of Sacramento, an earthquake, preliminarily mentioned at a magnitude of 5.four, hit the enviornment close Rio Dell on Sunday, in Humboldt county.

No injuries have been pronounced but the temblor got here weeks after a 6.four magnitude earthquake within the same area on December 20, which killed two people and led to frequent power outages.

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