Felled tree lands on roof of California home as state battles floods, mudslides
A storm that has unleashed rain of biblical proportions on California over the past three days began to ease on Tuesday, but authorities warned residents not to let their guard down just yet.
Most of the southern half of the state remained under a flood watch Tuesday, and warnings were issued about fast-moving waterways.
One person died Tuesday trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border into California through the Tijuana River channel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. The incident brought the death toll to four after falling trees killed three people in Northern California as the region was hit by hurricane-force winds.
In Los Angeles County, 16 people and five cats were rescued, the Associated Press reported.
The rain is expected to ease by Wednesday. Scattered thunderstorms are still possible across parts of California, the lower Colorado River Valley and Arizona.
The storm, caused by a massive atmospheric river, led to one of the wettest two-day periods on record in Southern California. In the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, almost a foot of rain fell in 24 hours, according to US Stormwatch. Nearly 400 landslides hit Los Angeles, leaving an unknown number of homes damaged.
On Tuesday night, more than 125,000 people were still without power.
475 landslides reported in Los Angeles
Authorities say there have been a total of 475 landslides in Los Angeles since the storm began over the weekend.
Thirty-eight buildings now require inspection due to landslides and slope failures.
The city also has, in the most recent count, a record 390 fallen trees and branches and 441 potholes. Authorities also said they have cleaned 963 catch basins and stormwater conveyance systems.
Stuti MishraFebruary 7, 2024 05:30
ICYMI: California firefighters issue warning about downed power lines
California fire officials in Placer County, east of Sacramento, posted a warning about the danger of downed power lines.
In the video, downed lines can be seen sparking and even catching fire despite the saturated vegetation. “If you see lines down, call and report it, do not touch or attempt to cross,” CAL Fire warned.
Downed power lines in California spark vegetation fires despite recent rains
Katie HawkinsonFebruary 7, 2024 05:01
Watch: California storm causes deadly flooding as mass evacuations are implemented
California storm causes fatal flooding as mass evacuations are implemented
Mike BediganFebruary 7, 2024 04:30
ICYMI: Stay away from the water, warn Los Angeles officials
Los Angeles County officials warned residents to stay away from streams and rivers due to the serious dangers they posed following the powerful storm.
LA County shared video of firefighters and police officers on a bridge in the city overlooking a swift current. “Water can rise quickly and without warning, sweeping away people and objects in its path,” Los Angeles County wrote.
Louise BoyleFebruary 7, 2024 04:00
ICYMI: High-elevation regions of Southern California set for more snow on Tuesday
Californians living at higher elevations are expected to continue experiencing snow throughout Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Up to two feet has already covered high-elevation areas of Mount Baldy in Southern California, the NWS reports.
Katie HawkinsonFebruary 7, 2024 03:00
End of storm ‘in sight,’ but Angelenos warned to stay vigilant
Mike BediganFebruary 7, 2024 02:30
Major storms in California bring large numbers
In recent days, atmospheric weather systems have battered California, recording rain, gusty winds and mudslides – in some cases, breaking previous state records.
Here are some of the big numbers, according to the Associated Press, that have been reported since Sunday:
12 inches: One of the rainiest places in Los Angeles County was in the hills of Bel Air. The neighborhood — which is about 12 miles northwest of the city — received a foot of rain between Sunday morning and Tuesday.
In just two days, downtown Los Angeles was soaked by more than 7 inches — nearly half the 5 inches it typically receives each year, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). According to the NWS, despite only having six days in the month, it is already the 13th wettest February on record.
102 miles per hour: An immensely powerful wind gust was recorded Sunday at Pablo Point, at an elevation of 932 feet, in Marin County, north of San Francisco.
Although it narrowly missed the December 1995 record of 100 mph on Angel Island, “102 is very, very impressive,” said meteorologist Nicole Sarment of the National Weather Service office in the Bay Area.
The 10 strongest gusts — between 100 and 89 mph — recorded at the height of the weekend’s winds all occurred in Marin and nearby Santa Clara County, the weather service said.
The mudslides closed roads throughout the city and prompted ongoing evacuation orders in canyon neighborhoods scarred by burns from recent wildfires. That number could rise as rain continued to fall, saturating already soggy slopes that threatened to give way, officials said.
So far, seven buildings have been deemed uninhabitable, with at least 10 yellow-tagged, meaning residents could return to retrieve their belongings but could not remain there due to the damage.
Mike BediganFebruary 7, 2024 02:15
ICYMI: Nearly 50 people evacuated from cliffside community
45 people from Isla Vista, California, were evacuated from their homes after rain dangerously eroded a cliff, local news outlet News Channel 3-12 reported.
Santa Barbara County Supervisor Laura Capps said no injuries were reported as local authorities evacuated the area.
“The storms highlight the urgent need for safety on bluffs and bluffs, as seen by a bluff facing balcony collapse on private property in IV this morning,” Capps said in a statement.
Katie HawkinsonFebruary 7, 2024 02:00
‘It was chaos’: Los Angeles residents assess damage caused by historic storms in California
Firefighters responded to a heavy debris flow in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles on Sunday night, evacuating seven homes. Residents tell Mike Bedigan they ‘hadn’t even remotely had anything like this before’
See the atmospheric river swirl that dumped historic rain on California this week
Katie HawkinsonFebruary 7, 2024 01:00