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 are under a flood warning as the atmospheric river looks set to continue dumping heavy rainfall on the region.
As conditions eased slightly, the search resumed Tuesday for Kyle Doan, 5, who was swept away when his mother’s truck became stuck in a creek near Paso Robles. Low visibility forced emergency crews to postpone the search again Wednesday afternoon.
More severe weather is forecast throughout the week, increasing the potential for flooding, rising rivers and mudslides on already saturated soils.
Dramatic images of California storms
With 90 percent of the state under a flood watch, here are some of the most shocking photos and videos of the carnage in the Golden State.
Rachel SharpJanuary 11, 2023 12:00 p.m
Inches of water piled up on the streets of Los Angeles on Monday
Streets flooded in several parts of Los Angeles on Monday night, with water threatening a homeless encampment at a Hollywood intersection.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 11, 2023 11:15 am
Where are extreme storms headed in California?
The next heavy front will affect Northern California and the Pacific Northwest beginning Wednesday.
It comes after days of torrential rain that left the ground soggy, increasing the risk of mudslides, especially in forest scars from wildfires where the ground is already destabilized. The heavy rain also caused rivers and streams to rise rapidly in California and parts of far western Nevada.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 11, 2023 10:15 am
What is an atmospheric river?
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Stuti MishraJanuary 11, 2023 09:15 am
Storm ‘more intense’ and lingering ‘much longer’, fire department says, as more evacuations ordered
More evacuations have been ordered in the counties as a storm warning remains in effect for Northern California after heavy rains.
Stanislaus County officials ordered the immediate evacuation of some residents in the Newman area of the San Joaquin River and East River Road amid warnings of more rain and strong winds.
The California Fire Department said Tuesday’s storm was different because “it stayed around a lot longer.”
“This storm was different in that it was here a lot longer. It was more intense because of the previous storm, the ground was much more saturated, which led to a lot more flooding and a lot more rescues because of the saturation of the ground,” said Ventura County Fire Department Chief Barry Parker.
The latest Pacific storm unleashed torrential rain and damaging winds across California, knocked out power and turned city streets into rivers as mudslides cut freeways and entire communities faced evacuation orders.
More than 33 million Californians were at risk of severe weather throughout the day as “heavy to excessive” rainfall was expected across the state.
The storms have killed at least 17 people since the start of the year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
Stuti MishraJanuary 11, 2023 08:15 am
Senior found dead in boat in Morro Bay
Authorities found the man’s remains in a stored boat Tuesday morning and have not determined the cause of death.
Morro Bay was flooded by the atmospheric river that brought storms to California, killing a woman in nearby Avila Beach on Monday when her car was overtaken by floodwaters.
Josh MarcusJanuary 11, 2023 07:15 am
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The year 2022 brought catastrophe after catastrophe to the entire planet, with scientists increasingly able to point to the climate crisis as the root cause.
Here, The Independent looks back at some of the most volatile and devastating events driven by humanity’s continued dependence on burning fossil fuels:
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 11, 2023 06:15 am
Damage is concentrated in Santa Barbara
With the soil already saturated, much of the damage was concentrated around the city of Santa Barbara, about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles, where steep foothills slope down to the Pacific Ocean.
Several outlying locations reported more than a foot (30 cm) of rain, including San Marcos Pass in the Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara, where more than 17 inches (43 cm) fell, according to the NWS.
In the Rancho Oso area of the Santa Ynez Mountains, mud and debris on the road trapped about 400 people and 70 horses, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said on Twitter, posting a photo of a vehicle stuck in the mud. Rescue crews are on their way, spokesman Scott Safechuck said.
Near the coast, the California Highway Patrol closed US 101, the main highway connecting northern and southern California, with no expected reopening time.
Josh MarcusJanuary 11, 2023 5:15 am
On Monday, officials ordered the evacuation of about 25,000 people, including the entire affluent enclave of Montecito near Santa Barbara, because of increased risks of flooding and mudslides. 4,000 people in Planada, a Central California community, began Tuesday morning with an order to evacuate their homes from the county sheriff’s office.
The evacuation zone in Montecito was among 17 regions of California where officials worry that continued heavy rains could unleash deadly cascades of mud, rocks and other debris on hillsides.
To the southeast in Ventura County, crews worked through the night to rescue drivers stuck in a three-foot mudslide along State Highway 126, the California Highway Patrol said.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 11, 2023 4:15 am
A San Francisco man is going viral for spraying homeless people with a house during a storm
San Francisco may be facing heavy rain, but that didn’t stop one business owner in the city’s financial district from spraying a stationary man with a hose Monday.
In a clip that later went viral locally, the man can be seen saying “Move” as he blasts the individual, who is sitting on the sidewalk wrapped in blankets.
Like San Francisco Standard reportsthe city lacks the thousands of shelter beds needed to house the people on its streets as heavy rains pound the Bay Area.
Josh MarcusJanuary 11, 2023 03:00 AM
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