• The East Coast is facing the ‘bomb-cyclone’ hurricanes that have flooded California.
  • New Jersey Governor. 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.

But not in this way. The West is suffering from drought and desperately needs rain. 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 State also had 50,000 affected customers. Two people died when a tree fell onto a car near Seattle.

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.

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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. Numerous states also suffered damage from the severe weather.

The East Coast was ready for storms. 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. By week’s end, more bad weather could come from California due to recent storms.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared, “Take this serious.” Use mass transit to get around tonight and tomorrow. Do not drive or walk into areas that are flooded.

Thethreat of stormy weather prompted New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy to declare states of emergencyStarting 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. 

Hochul spoke to state agencies working in emergency response earlier Monday and asked them to put together assets that could be deployed across the affected areas.

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.

According to the Bay Area meteor service, it looks like there was 4.02 inches of rain in Downtown SF on a given day. “By far our wettest and wettest Oktober day… the 4thwettest day EVER in SF, according to records dating 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 posted the following tweet: “Help your community, by checking in virtually with friends and families who might need assistance during severe weather.”

The 24-hour record for Sacramento was also broken by more than five inches of rain in a 24 hour period. A shelter was built at City Hall. 

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.

Late in the morning, heavy rains fell on large parts of Southern California.

The nor’easter could be West Coast’s “bomb Cyclone” 

AccuWeather stated that storms moved west to the United States last week from the Pacific Ocean. 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.

Bomb cyclone and atmospheric river blast West Coast 2 dead in Seattle area, hundreds of thousands without power 

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 predicts that totals of 8 inches could be reached in certain areas, as the storm moves off the coast.

From the Jersey Shore, to the southern coast of Nova Scotia, winds are likely to gust between 40-60 mph on 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

Source: USAToday.com

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