hurricane force winds and heavy flooding

  • Storm is being caused by a strong “atmospheric river”

The state of California continues to be on alert for the arrival of a bomb cyclone caused by an atmospheric river that could generate major landslides, flooding, and strong gales over the next two days.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center announced on social media that “conditions will deteriorate” in the state with “heavy rainfall and gusty winds.”

He also reported that flooding is expected in the lower areas with rainfall of one inch (2.54 centimeters) per hour, rock slides, falling trees, dangerous road conditions in the mountain area, and possible power outages.

The severity of rainfall forecast for Thursday and Friday It’s because the rains that hit the state over the weekend left much of the ground saturated, making the land more susceptible to flooding, a UCLA climate specialist told the Los Angeles Times.

As heavy rains and gusty winds move to the coast, the areas where the greatest threat is expected are Northern California and the San Francisco Bay.

the california storm is being caused by a strong “atmospheric river”, an elongated band in the atmosphere that can carry large flows of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere, which after strengthening became a bomb cyclone on Wednesday.

Among the disasters that has left this fact found floods, breakage of levees, the closure of the main highways and the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.

Experts have also pointed out that the floods that are expected for these days will not end the historical drought that afflicts the state.

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And that, in part, the drought conditions and the forest fires that the territory of California has suffered, have generated a considerable weakening of the soil making it more prone to landslides and increased stream flows.

The alert came a week after winter storm Elliot It will leave more than 50 dead from the cold and accidents, in addition to 1.7 million homes without electricity, with the city of Buffalo (northwestern New York State) as the most affected.

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