California Weather Live: San Francisco Flash Flood Warning After Montecito, Santa Barbara Storm Evacuations

Drone video of flooded Felton in Santa Cruz County

At least 17 people have been killed and a five-year-old boy remains missing as a series of extreme storms continue to hit California.

More lives have already been lost in the storms — which began battering the state last week — than have been caused by the two years of wildfires.

About 22 million people in California and parts of Oregon remain under a flood warning as the atmospheric river looks set to continue dumping heavy rainfall on the region.

The extreme weather saw the celebrity enclave of Montecito placed under an evacuation order and on Tuesday all of San Francisco was warned of flash flooding.

The search resumed Tuesday for five-year-old Kyle Doan, who was swept away when his mother’s truck got stuck in a creek near Paso Robles in central California. Poor visibility and rough waters forced emergency crews to delay their efforts.

More severe weather is forecast throughout the week, bringing the threat of more flash flooding, rising rivers and mudslides on already saturated soils.


Residents of Palm Springs are rescued as the California desert city is hit by flash floods

The Palm Springs Fire Department conducted a rapid rescue operation after flooding in the city’s desert. A watershed is an area in the desert where water once flowed or that floods during a heavy rain or flash flood.

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Mammoth Mountain continues to dig out from the storm

California’s famous Sierra Nevada ski resort says it has accumulated up to 7.5 feet of snow in recent storms, with more expected later this week.

“WHAT. A STORM. We thought this photo was appropriate for the final dump warning of this massive storm that has dropped 6 to 7.5 FEET of snow over the past few days,” the resort’s Instagram account said.

Graham MasseyJanuary 11, 2023 7:19 p.m


Watch: Stranded driver rescued from flood in California desert town of Palm Springs

Stranded motorist rescued from flood in desert California town of Palm Springs

Louise BoyleJanuary 11, 2023 6:56 pm


Southern California surveys its damage as the north braces for more heavy rain

Southern California was taking stock of damage from heavy rain and strong winds Wednesday, even as a new atmospheric river made its way up the coast.

Today’s rains were expected to affect only northern areas of the state, giving the south a break — at least through the weekend, the National Weather Service said.

Abandoned cars were left on a flooded street in Santa Barbara earlier this week


Louise BoyleJanuary 11, 2023 6:27 pm


Fatigue is setting in at the National Weather Service

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Jump in lightning strikes

The parade of atmospheric rivers has produced an unusual number of lightning strikes in California in recent weeks.

The state typically has one of the lowest annual lightning rates in the nation.

National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Barufaldi said New York Times that this is due to California’s lack of humidity, which means “it’s harder to get the consistent strikes seen in other parts of the nation.”

On Tuesday, a storm system parked over the San Francisco Bay Area produced five to 10 lightning strikes every five minutes, local channel on CBS reported.

Lightning is seen above buildings in San Francisco, California on January 5

(Lapin via REUTERS)

Louise BoyleJanuary 11, 2023 5:59 PM


Snow for days

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area was closed Tuesday because there was too much snowfall, according to reports.

“The incredible 420 cm [165 inches] has fallen since Christmas by over 4ft or 120cm in the last day alone,” Global News Canada Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell tweeted. He shared an image of a ski lift at the resort under a heavy white blanket of fresh powder.

The resort’s official website said the mountain would reopen on Wednesday. “Expect delays in all lift openings due to extensive avalanche mitigation work,” a warning said.

Louise BoyleJanuary 11, 2023 5:36 pm


Newsom links the “blow of the weather” to the climate crisis

Gov. Gavin Newsom alluded to the connection between California’s extreme weather and the climate crisis during a visit to Santa Cruz County on Tuesday.

The area is one of the worst affected by the atmospheric river flooding the state.

“The dry ones are getting a lot drier in the last three years, and the wet ones are getting a lot wetter. This weather whiplash — is this the new reality?” he said, according to NBC News.

California has been in a state of “megadrought” for the past two decades, exacerbated by the effects of global warming. The climate crisis is responsible for about 42 percent of the soil moisture deficit since 2000, according to UCLA research from last year. He also noted that it may take several years of heavy rainfall to overcome the mega-drought.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom listens during a news conference about storm damage on Jan. 10 at the Capitol


Louise BoyleJanuary 11, 2023 5:12 pm


Tens of thousands remain without electricity

Tens of thousands of customers remain without power in California as powerful storms continue to batter the state.

About 57,835 homes and businesses were without power Wednesday morning, according to the utility tracker power failure.us

Most outages are located in Mendocino County, north of San Francisco, along with Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, which include the city of San Jose and Silicon Valley.

Power outages in California on Wednesday, January 11


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California transportation officials are warning people to stay off the roads

California transportation officials have warned people not to hit the roads in worse weather conditions.

The districts “strongly advised” the public to avoid travel this week if possible, the California Department of Transportation, known as Caltrans, said.

“These storm systems have affected most of California in some shape or form,” the department tweeted, advising drivers to check state travel advisories before heading out.

Louise BoyleJanuary 11, 2023 4:32 pm

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