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California storm live updates: Landslide hits Hollywood Hills as 38 mn people covered by flood alerts

California storm live updates: Pineapple Express or atmospheric river storm bring heavy rainfall and hurricane-force winds. Emergency has been declared.
A man carries a dog after being rescued from a homeless encampment in San Jose.
A man carries a dog after being rescued from a homeless encampment in San Jose.

California storm update: A fierce winter storm, powered by a raging atmospheric river, is currently battering California residents with intense downpours, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and posing a threat of treacherous flooding and hurricane-force winds. As of now, up to 37 million people, roughly 94% of the state's population, are at risk for life-threatening floods, according to Accuweather meteorologists. The atmospheric river, akin to a river in the sky, is the second to hit the state in recent days, with forecasters indicating that this storm is expected to be the season's most potent, especially in Southern California....Read More

The National Weather Service has issued a rare hurricane-force wind warning for the Central Coast, with potential wind gusts up to 92 mph from the Monterey Peninsula to the northern section of San Luis Obispo County.

The widespread havoc due to flash floods has led to power outages across the region with 1 million living in dark. Even life threatening hurricane-force winds have battered the San Francisco Bay Area, inundating streets and toppling trees. Winds exceeded 60 mph, reaching over 80 mph in the mountains. Emergency crews in San Jose rescued individuals from a stranded car and a homeless encampment. Southern California prepared for potentially devastating floods, issuing evacuations for fire-ravaged canyons. The National Weather Service anticipated one of the most dramatic weather events, with residents scrambling for protective items like sandbags and flashlights.

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Feb 5, 2024 11:05 PM IST

California storm live updates: Hollywood Hills affected by landslide

Life-threatening landslides and flash flooding were predicted by the weather service on Monday, indicating a "extremely dangerous situation unfolding" in the Hollywood Hills. A gas leak triggered by a mudslide forced several people to flee.

A landslide in Studio City badly destroyed several homes, forcing the evacuation of the neighborhood. Three homes in the suburban Tarzana area were completely submerged in rubble, and firefighters had to help the occupants escape.

There have also been reports of minor mudslides and flooding in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Malibu, and Beverly Hills.

The weather service stated that "life-threatening flash flooding is ongoing and will continue into the morning hours of Monday."

Feb 5, 2024 11:02 PM IST

California storm live updates: San Diego Mayor issues evacuation warning for flood-prone areas

Mayor Todd Gloria of San Diego has issued an evacuation order for low-lying, flood-prone areas that were flooded two weeks ago after being severely lashed by torrential rains. Over the past two days, up to seven inches of rain have fallen in some locations outside the city.

"I understand the weariness that must come from these repeated warnings," Gloria said, as per USA Today. "I recognize that fatigue may be settling in. But I can assure you this decision to issue this warning is not taken lightly. I ask that everyone remain prepared and viligant."

Feb 5, 2024 10:50 PM IST

California storm live updates: California Department of Public Health issues safety alert

Feb 5, 2024 10:46 PM IST

California storm live updates: Over 500,000 in California wakes up without power

As a strong rainfall lashes the state of California on Monday morning, more than 516,000 consumers are are waking up without power.

Feb 5, 2024 10:25 PM IST

California storm live updates: Several people saved from dangerous San Jose flooding

Rescue crews were able to pull evacuate people, three dogs and nine puppies from flooding along the Guadalupe River, KNTV’s Marianne Favro reported.

Feb 5, 2024 10:13 PM IST

California storm live updates: Classes canceled for schools across Santa Barbara County

Classes were canceled on Monday for schools across Santa Barbara County, which was heavily affected by mudslides caused by powerful storms in 2018.

Further down the coast, strong winds and heavy rain brought treacherous conditions to the city of Ventura, said Alexis Herrera, who was trying to bail out his sedan which was filled with floodwater, AP reported. “All the freeways are flooded around here,” Herrera said in Spanish. “I don’t know how I’m going to move my car.”

Feb 5, 2024 10:03 PM IST

California storm live updates: California flood in pic

The second of back-to-back atmospheric rivers has battered California, flooding roadways and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands.  (AP)
The second of back-to-back atmospheric rivers has battered California, flooding roadways and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands. (AP)

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the storm caused flooding in streets and downed trees and power lines. In certain places, the storm reached speeds of 60 mph (96 kph). In the highlands, gusts as high as 80 mph (128 kph) were reported.

Emergency personnel in San Jose, rescued individuals from a homeless camp along a rising river.

Feb 5, 2024 9:52 PM IST

California storm live updates: High risk warning issued for Los Angeles metro area

A high risk for heavy rainfall is in place for parts of Southern California for the second day in a row. A high risk area has a 70% probability of experiencing flash flooding due to heavy rainfall .

It was the first time that the Los Angeles metro region was ever designated as a high-risk area for severe rainfall that could result in flash floods.

Feb 5, 2024 9:34 PM IST

California storm live updates: San Bernardino County declares state of emergency

San Bernardino County announced a state of emergency due to anticipation of "extreme" rain and snowfall through Wednesday.

According to a press release from the county, the declaration opens the door for federal and state assistance that will probably be required both during and after the storm.

"The National Weather Service has predicted catastrophic and life-threatening flooding for the San Bernardino valley and coastal slopes of the San Bernardino mountains tonight through Tuesday with showers chances lasting through Friday," the press release stated. "Travel and commuting will be difficult."

Feb 5, 2024 9:21 PM IST

California storm live updates: 16 people rescued as debris flow wreaks havoc in LA

Firefighters rescued 16 individuals from Studio City, Los Angeles, late Friday night, after two residences sustained major damage from debris carried by heavy downpour.

According to a Los Angeles Fire Department report, all persons from the nine residences on Lockridge Road were evacuated. "Thankfully, no one was injured and there are no medical needs," the statement said.

Feb 5, 2024 8:59 PM IST

California storm live updates: Man died after tree fell on him in Yuba City

According to authorities, an unidentified man in Yuba City, Northern California, died on Sunday after a tree fell on him after an atmospheric river brought wind and heavy rain to the area.

Around 7o'clock in the evening, local time, Yuba City officers responded to an address on Tres Picos Drive and discovered the man beneath "a very large redwood tree in his backyard."

Feb 5, 2024 8:44 PM IST

California storm live updates: California storm leaves over 634,000 people without power

In the midst of terrible weather, thousands of people in Californians are without power.

More than 634,000 customers in the Golden State were without power as of 2:40 a.m. PT on Monday, according to statistics gathered by PowerOutage.us.

Feb 5, 2024 8:38 PM IST

California storm live updates: 4 million residents under flash flood warning in Southern California

In California, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for about 40 million people on Monday morning.

A flash flood warning covering over 4 million people in Southern California—including the cities of Hollywood, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Santa Monica, Encino, and Brentwood—was in effect until at least 9 am. The warning stretched from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park. Numerous destructive landslides, flooded roads, submerged cars, and flooded creeks and streams were reported in the area.

Feb 5, 2024 4:59 PM IST

California storm live updates: 10 point cheat sheet

1. Latest Update

Triggered by powerful storms heavy rains have inundated California, raising the risk of catastrophic floods and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power.

2. Impact:

Bands of rain entered the Bay area, progressing to Southern California.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Flash flood warnings are in effect for Los Angeles and Ventura counties until 9 a.m. local time Monday. Authorities have warned of an “extremely dangerous situation” in the Hollywood Hills area, including potential landslides. Flood advisories are also in place for San Diego and Orange County.

3. Potential Hazards:

Forecasted as "potentially historic," the system may bring dangerous flooding, debris flows, and mudslides.

4. State of Emergency:

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a storm-related state of emergency for multiple counties, allowing National Guard activation and expediting recovery efforts.

5. Affected Areas:

Counties under the state of emergency include San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego.

6. Higher Elevations:

In Sierra Nevada and Northern California mountains, heavy snow through Tuesday is anticipated.

Strong winds could create whiteout conditions, posing dangerous travel situations.

7. Precautions:

Stay updated on evacuation orders and weather alerts.

Exercise caution in higher elevations due to potential whiteout conditions.

8. National Weather Service:

Monitor NWS updates for the latest storm developments and safety recommendations.

9. Emergency Resources:

Be aware of emergency resources and contacts in your area.

Follow official instructions for a safe response to the severe storm.

10. Travel Advisory:

- Expect flight cancellations and delays; stay informed about airport updates.

- Exercise extreme caution in travel, especially in higher elevations, due to severe weather conditions.

Feb 5, 2024 10:48 AM IST

California storm live updates: 136 SFO flights cancelled, 316 delayed

As winds intensify along the California coast on Sunday, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is experiencing significant disruptions in air travel. Flight data from FlightAware indicates that 136 flights have been canceled, and an additional 316 are delayed at SFO due to high winds. The number of disruptions continues to increase hourly.

Feb 5, 2024 10:34 AM IST

California storm live updates: Authorities ask residents to evacuate

Amid the raging storm and the life threatening flash flood authorities have asked residents to evacuate from affected areas in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura, and Monterey counties.

Feb 5, 2024 10:18 AM IST

California storm live updates: Nearly 1 mn without power

Over 900,000 Southern California residences are without power as strong winds associated with the powerful atmospheric river make a landfall. California has declared a state of emergency as winds could produce hurricane-force gusts exceeding 60 mph at the coastline, with gusts of 80-100 mph in coastal mountain areas. Authorities warn of a major life-threatening flooding to impact along the southern slopes of the mountains in Southern California, as the storm could also produce powerful waves along the coastline

Feb 5, 2024 10:11 AM IST

California storm live updates: 30% of Southern California residents under flash flood warnings

Over 11 million people in Southern California, approximately 30% of the state's population, are now under flash flood warnings from San Luis Obispo to Long Beach. Meanwhile, the Bay Area is grappling with significant power outages, affecting around 231,000 homes and businesses. The South Bay, particularly San Jose, bears the brunt with 106,000 households experiencing blackouts. The Peninsula, North Bay, and East Bay are also affected, along with around 5,500 households in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric reported widespread power outages amid the ongoing storms in the region.

Feb 5, 2024 10:06 AM IST

California storm live updates: Santa Barbara airport shuts down

Santa Barbara airport is closed due to airfield flooding, resulting in the cancellation of all commercial flights and a temporary pause in general aviation operations. The terminal is also shut down. Airport Director Christopher Hastert stated that officials are actively monitoring the situation and are uncertain about the reopening timeline.

Feb 5, 2024 9:53 AM IST

California storm live updates: Dramatic visuals captured from southern California

Feb 5, 2024 9:51 AM IST

California storm live updates: Los Angeles weather forecast

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles has issued a warning that heavy rainfall on Monday may lead to "one of the most dramatic weather days in recent memory" in the greater Los Angeles region. Slow-moving storms in Southern California pose "major risks to life and property," with the potential to flood major freeways, emphasizing the need for heightened caution and preparedness.

Feb 5, 2024 9:49 AM IST

California storm live updates: All you need to know

Nearly 500,000 California residents have reportedly lost power after forecasters warned of "one of the most dramatic weather days in recent memory". An area from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles is witnessing heavy rain and high winds. This is the result of an "atmospheric river" effect, caused by airborne currents of dense moisture. Read More

Feb 5, 2024 9:47 AM IST

California storm live updates: LA County faces rare storm, flooding

In a Sunday briefing, UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain warned that Los Angeles County is poised to become the epicenter of flood risk, surpassing levels seen in many years. The combination of extensive wildfire activity in recent years and current wet conditions heightens the potential for widespread flooding. Swain expressed his astonishment, stating, "I don't think I've ever seen a storm quite like this."

Feb 5, 2024 9:45 AM IST

California storm live updates: Bay area battered, power outages affecting 850,000

The storm inundated streets and brought down trees and electrical lines across the San Francisco Bay Area, where winds topped 60 mph (96 kph) in some areas. Gusts exceeding 80 mph (128 kph) were recorded in the mountains.

Just to the south in San Jose, emergency crews pulled occupants out of the windows of a car stranded by floodwaters and rescued people from a homeless encampment alongside a rising river.

In Southern California, officials warned of potentially devastating flooding and ordered evacuations for canyons that burned in recent wildfires that are at high risk for mud and debris flows. The National Weather Service office for Los Angeles warned that “all systems are go for one of the most dramatic weather days in recent memory.”

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