- It is now the East Coast that the storms known as ‘bombcyclones’ are heading.
- Governor of New Jersey. Phil Murphy has declared a state emergency starting Monday night.
- Two people died in Seattle after a tree fell onto a car during weekend storms.
A broad swath of California was under siege Monday from high winds and historic rains fueled by an iconic “bomb cyclone” that unleashed mudslides and flooding and triggered widespread power outages.
Rain is needed in the drought-stricken West, but not as much as this. Meteorologists say the bomb cyclone – a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure – helped drive a long, wide plume of precipitation dubbed an “atmospheric river” from the Pacific Ocean onto the West Coast. In California, power lines tumbled and more than 100,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark Monday.
Washington’s power grid was also affected by another 50,000 customers. In Washington, two people were injured when a tree fell upon a vehicle.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson warns that the same storm which is currently bringing snow, rain and strong winds to Western States will slowly move eastward across this country.
Already, the front lines of storms which began in California late last week have swept through large swathes of the country’s middle. A suspected tornado damaged buildings and knocked out power in communities along the border between Illinois and Missouri. Multiple states were also affected by the severe weather.
The East Coast was preparing for severe weather. AccuWeather meteorologist Joseph Bauer warned that heavy rains and winds could choke New York City’s morning commute Tuesday; 3 to 5 inches of rain is possible over the next couple of days. The East could be hit with more severe weather by the week-end due to California’s latest hurricanes.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “Take it seriously.” Use mass transit to get around tonight and tomorrow. Do not drive or walk into areas that are flooded.
Storm threat prompted New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to declare an emergencyBeginning Monday Night
“In preparation for the Nor’easter, I’m declaring a State of Emergency beginning at 8:00 PM tonight. Severe weather conditions will impact the state starting tonight through the next several days,” Murphy said on Twitter.
Bomb Cyclone, Atmospheric River Blaster West Coast 2 dead in Seattle area, hundreds of thousands without power
California had incomprehensible amounts of rainfall. The wettest wonder could be in Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, 20 miles north of San Francisco, where the National Weather Service measured more than 16 inches of rain over a 48-hour period. St. Helena, a city of 6,100 in wine country, saw more than 10 inches.
The Bay Area Weather Service tweeted that “Looks like 4.02 ins of rain for downtown SF.” “By far, the wettest October day ever… Fourthwettest day EVER to SF records go back to Gold Rush.”
Parts of San Francisco were swamped, and Mayor London Breed urged residents to call 311 to get help for people in need of shelter and 911 for medical emergencies.
Breed tweets, “Help your local community by checking-in virtually with family and friends who may require assistance during extreme weather,”
Also, Downtown Sacramento set a 24-hour rain record of more than 5 inches. City Hall also had a shelter.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg declared that City Hall “also belongs to people who are experiencing the hardest of difficult times.” “I’m really proud of the fact that we are opening up the people’s building to bring people indoors.”
The Sierra Nevada was buried by snow at high altitudes. Due to their close proximity to wildfire burn scars, evacuation orders were issued for several areas including Santa Cruz Mountains, and western Santa Barbara County.
Later in the afternoon, heavy rains swept through large parts of Southern California.
The nor’easter could be West Coast’s “bomb Cyclone”
AccuWeather stated that storms moved from the Pacific Ocean to the west and then continued onwards across the United States. The Ohio River valleys in Tennessee and Ohio are facing severe thunderstorms. Rain and showers could also be expected further north. AccuWeather stated that the storm would intensify as it travels across southern New England by Tuesday. It will continue to batter residents with rain and wind gusts, causing heavy rainfall.
“An early season tempest could bring a wind-driven, chilly rain to portions of the Northeast from Monday through Wednesday,” AccuWeather meteorologist Randy Adkins said.
Flooding downpours will reach from southern Maine to eastern New York and cities such as Philadelphia, Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, which are expected to see up to 3 to 4 inches of rain. AccuWeather predicted that 8 inches was possible as storm intensity increases off the coast.
The Jersey Shore and southern Nova Scotia shores will see winds gusting between 40-60 MPH Tuesday and Wednesday. Cities such as Provincetown, Plymouth and Boston in Massachusetts could experience wind gusts as high as 80 mph Tuesday night, AccuWeather said.
By Thursday, the nor’easter will move out ot sea – but another storm built on remnants from the “bomb cyclone” that walloped California on Sunday was expected to approach from the west, dousing East Coast trick-or-treaters over the weekend.
Christal Hayes (USA TODAY), The Associated Press