The Pacific Ocean’s “bomb storm” unleashed a furious storm that swept across California Sunday. It ravaged drought-stricken Northern California with torrential rains, wind damage, flooding, and even mudslides.

Over 160,000 homes and businesses in California, more than 170,000 in Washington, and over 28,000 in Oregon were left without power on Sunday due to the extreme weather.

The floods in the San Francisco Bay Area caused streets to be closed in Berkeley, and inundated Oakland’s Bay Bridge Toll Plaza. Some roads were also under water in San Rafael. According to the National Weather Service, Sacramento was expecting “potentially historical” rainfall for downtown.

North of the state capitol in Butte County, California’s Highway Patrol closed down State Route 70 due to mudslides and debris flows near the now-contained Caldor Fire, which scorched more than 346 square miles of the Sierra Nevada and burned hundreds of homes.

Although the fire is now 100% contained, wildfires strip away vegetation and prevent the soil from absorbing water, leaving the burned area vulnerable to mudslides and flash flooding.

According to the Sacramento weather service, “If you are close to a burn wound it may not be possible for you evacuate.” Avoid crossing a debris stream. Shelter on the highest floors of your house.

The storm was forecast to pound some areas with a foot of rain while dumping up to 8 feet of snow over the mountains, forecasters said.

The Weather Prediction Center of the National Weather Service warned that conditions would continue to worsen. Heavy rain and strong winds will cause major damage. Tonight will see heavy snowfall in Sierra Nevada.

When the storm’s intensity increases, and air pressure drops rapidly, a bomb cyclone is formed. AccuWeather Meteorologist Jon Porter explained that this phenomenon pulled deep tropical moisture out of the Pacific and created an “atmospheric stream”. He described the river as a “firehose of moisture in the sky” capable of unleashing intense rain and mountain snow. 

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A pedestrian carries an umbrella while walking on a path in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

He said that the storm’s intensity was greatest in northern and central California, and parts of Southern Oregon. It lasted until Monday. Rainfall of up to 2 inches an hour may come “too fast and too furious,” leading to serious flooding and mudslides that could threaten lives and property, Porter added.

According to the National Weather Service Bay Area, there were a lot of flash flooding watches. They stated on Twitter that they are concerned about 2020 burn scars as well as urban and stream flooding. The heavy rainband will pass through Sunday night and afternoon.

“Flooding, rock slides, chain controls, overturned vehicles – and that was just this morning,” the California Transportation Department tweetedSunday This atmospheric river storm will intensify, with significant rain and snow through tomorrow. If you are not required to, do NOT drive.

Parts of Oregon were under siege from strong winds and heavy rains. Pacific Gas & Electric saidThere were thousands of people available to assist in the event of an outage.

Southern California wasn’t exempt. Parts of western Santa Barbara County were under an evacuation warning in the area recently burned by the Alisal Fire, now 97% contained but not before it burned through 25 square miles.

It needs rain. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California Governor declared a state of emergency due to drought. He cited three years’ drought throughout the West.

Seventeen major wildfires are burning in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Wildfires have burned almost 2 million acres in California in 2021 alone. AccuWeather’s Porter stated that the storms will end wildfire season for large parts of the region.

Porter stated that the rainfall will come about one month earlier than average, and it will be greatly appreciated in fighting remaining fires in Northern California.

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AccuWeather stated that snow will start falling at elevations higher than 8,000 feet and then fall to a lower elevation of 6,000 feet by Monday.

Rich Putnam of AccuWeather, Senior Storm Warning Meteorologist said that because of the moisture in the Sierra Nevada’s northern and central Sierra Nevada, snow can easily reach heights of 60-100 inches at elevations higher than 8,000 feet. 



Source: USAToday.com

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