Wednesday, March 22, 2023

California: As atmospheric river recedes, another waits to hit California – Usky News

Watsonville: wet, bad weather continued in many areas of California on Sunday atmospheric river That caused major flooding to drift east and make way for another onslaught of rain and snow that could hit the distressed area again on Monday night.
The National Weather Service said the next edge could exacerbate severe flooding that overwhelmed the region over the past few days, including a levee failure that prompted widespread evacuations Saturday in farming communities near the state’s central coast .
In Monterey County, more than 8,500 people were under evacuation orders and warnings Saturday, including about 1,700 residents – many of them latino Farmworkers – from the unincorporated community of Pajaro.
The next weather system doesn’t appear to be as powerful as the last one, but weather officials have nevertheless cautioned that additional rain and snowmelt could cause “considerable flooding” that could raise creeks and streams.
Rain and snow are expected to extend from central California into Oregon as well as northern Nevada.
The atmospheric river, known as the “Pineapple Express” because it brings warm subtropical moisture into the Pacific from near Hawaii, was melting the lower parts of the vast snowpack that had built up in the California mountains.
Due to heavy flooding over the opening weekend, more than 50 people had to be rescued by first responders and the California National Guard. A video showed a member of the guard helping a driver out of a car stuck in waist-deep water.
The extent of property damage was still uncertain but luis alejoThe chairman of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors asked for help from the state and federal governments.
“The need will be huge! It will take months for our residents to repair the homes!” he wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in 34 counties in recent weeks, and the Biden administration approved presidential disaster declarations for some on Friday morning, a move that will bring more federal aid. spoke to President Joe Biden Newsom The White House said Saturday to pledge the federal government’s support in California’s response to the emergency.
More than 17,000 customers were affected by weather-related power outages in Monterey County late Saturday, according to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The governor’s office said it was monitoring the situation in Pajaro.
The Pajaro River separates Santa Cruz and Monterey counties in the floodplain area on Saturday. Officials said flood water coming into wells in the area could be contaminated with chemicals, and residents were told not to drink or cook with tap water.
Officials were working with levees in hopes of towing it when it broke between midnight Friday and Saturday. People sleeping in evacuation centers began working to fix the embankment around dawn on Saturday.
This week’s storm marked the state’s 10th atmospheric river of the winter, a storm that brought heavy amounts of rain and snow to the state and helped ease drought conditions that had dragged on for three years. State reservoirs that had dropped to astonishingly low levels are now well above average for this time of year, prompting state officials to release water from dams to aid flood control and make room for more rain Did.
In San Francisco, an 85-foot (25.91 m) eucalyptus tree fell on the Trocadero Clubhouse on Saturday morning. The 1892 Clubhouse, a San Francisco historical landmark, was severely damaged, with part of the roof crushed and the inside flooded.
In the Jamestown area – the heart of California’s Gold Rush – funnel clouds were seen – Saturday afternoon and the weather service issued a tornado warning – later canceled – severe thunderstorms, hail and high winds for the Sierra Nevada foothills blanketed the area. Another set of tornado warnings were briefly issued in Fresno County, about 100 miles (161 km) south of Gold Country. A flash flood warning was in effect late Saturday in Tuolumne County, with roads inundated around Sonora and neighboring communities.


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