Two dead as storm batters southern California

Two dead as storm batters southern California

The National Weather Service in San Diego said a "severe squall line" was moving through Orange County and was approaching San Diego County.

A storm in the San Francisco Bay Area has delayed dozens of flights at San Francisco International Airport. A 70-foot palm fell on to a house in Point Loma, causing little damage.

Drive safely. Most injuries during stormy weather are directly related to traffic accidents associated with the weather. Most of the rain will fall before midnight. The flood watch will remain in effect through Saturday morning. Firefighters rescued one person from the first auto, and the driver got out of the second before it fell. California's South Bay and Central Coast were battered by strong winds that resulted in over 100,000 PG&E customers losing power. San Diego and its surrounding locations were drenched last night under a heavy band of rain that sat almost stationary over the city for several hours, prompting a severe thunderstorm warning to be issued.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the entire region, with storms expected to swamp the western two-thirds of the state, potentially through Wednesday.

Riverside County activated its emergency operations center (EOC) at 3 p.m. Friday.

California Highway Patrol reported that an auto struck multiple vehicles, killing one person and leaving three injured after hydroplaning on across Interstate 15 in San Diego. Also, eight Cal Fire hand crews will be available to help stem floods by filling sand bags, building diversion dams or taking other actions.

"The airport at Santa Barbara measured 4.16 inches alone on Friday, shattering the day's previous rainfall record of 2.08 inches from 1980", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "It's just pouring down rain". ". What has really been going on is that we've just had so many [atmospheric river events] arrive in such a short time this winter".

Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for WeatherBell Analytics, claimed 10 trillion gallons of rain would fall on California in the next week - enough to power Niagara falls for 154 days.

Oroville Dam is the highest in the nation, and its reservoir is the second-largest in the state. "It is likely the strongest within the last six years and possibly even as far back as December 2004 or January 1995".

Using ropes and inflatable boats, firefighters rescued seven people and two dogs from the Sepulveda basin, a recreation and flood-control area along the Los Angeles River.

Powerful winds capable of downing trees and powerlines were also expected, along with heavy snow in Southern California's mountains.

Another tree smashed a carport and vehicles in the Santa Barbara suburb of Goleta. High surf pounded beaches.

"Mother Nature came to strike", one neighbor said. "So much rain, I get busy".

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for 180 homes below a burn scar in Duarte, a city nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles.

The storm dropped more than eight inches of rain in one area, ravaging roads and opening sinkholes.

Santa Anita Park near Pasadena canceled all its horse races Friday.

Earlier in the week, heavy rain and melting snow caused fears of flooding at the tallest dam in the country, Oroville Dam, in northern California.

The water level is at 854 feet, 47 feet below the mark where an emergency spillway, which is under fix, is needed. Widespread urban roadway flooding is also possible, along with flooding in creeks and small streams, and rock and mudslides, especially near canyon roadways, warned an NWS statement. Runoff from the snowpack normally supplies about a third of the state's water.

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