New, more powerful storm takes aim at California
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 20:01
- A huge Pacific storm parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least two people.
And it was blamed for a sinkhole in the Studio City area of Los Angeles that swallowed two cars, and for a collapse of pavement on I-15 in the Cajon Pass that threw down a giant fire truck as if it were a child's toy.
She was trapped until fire fighters pulled her out.
The storm took aim at Southern California but also spread precipitation north into the San Joaquin Valley and up to San Francisco.
A 55-year-old man was killed when a tree fell, causing power lines to fall on his vehicle and electrocute him in in the Sherman Oaks district, in Los Angeles.
In San Diego, several giant eucalyptus trees fell on State Route 163 just north of downtown, crusing the hood of one auto.
The brunt of the storm is expected to affect Southern California starting around midday Friday and into Saturday. Some locations are expected to see up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) of snow, the Weather Channel said.
Video credit, Colusa County freeway flooding: Instagram/delta_india_charlie_kilo via Storyful.
After years of debilitating drought, Southern California is being pounded with a huge Pacific storm that has caused widespread damage.
Officials monitoring the Oroville Dam said they were confident the reservoir could handle any runoff from this storm because they have been lowering the dam's water level since its spillways were damaged last week.
Rain will fall on the Southland from Thursday night through Saturday morning, including unusually heavy rainfall on Friday as a result of the region's most powerful storm so far this season, forecasters said, warning of flash flooding and cascades of mud and debris down slopes stripped bare in wildfires. A second vehicle fell into the sinkhole after the woman was rescued, an ABC affiliate reported.
The Weather Service office in Sacramento said the incoming atmospheric river is carrying an amount of moisture which only comes inland about once every five to ten years.
Meanwhile, over 200 residents in the city of Duarte, located around 32 km (20 miles) east Los Angeles on the foothills of the San Gabirel Mountains, were ordered to evacuate their homes late on Friday out of fear of mudslides. Up the coast, evacuations were urged for parts of Camarillo Springs in Ventura County and around an 30 square-kilometre burn scar west of Santa Barbara.
Crews were working frantically early Saturday morning to restore power to thousands of people throughout the Los Angeles area following Friday's devastating storm.