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Powerful California storm brings record rain, flooding

Areas under the emergency order include Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Santa Barbara

By AFP
February 06, 2024
Water rages past a cart filled with items used by homeless people living along the Los Angeles River as the second and more powerful of two atmospheric river storms inundates Los Angeles, California, bringing record rainfall and flooding, on February 5, 2024. — AFP
Water rages past a cart filled with items used by homeless people living along the Los Angeles River as the second and more powerful of two atmospheric river storms inundates Los Angeles, California, bringing record rainfall and flooding, on February 5, 2024. — AFP

LOS ANGELES: Millions of people faced dangerous flooding in California on Monday after a storm brought record rains and gusting winds, leaving at least one person dead.

The US National Weather Service warned of “life-threatening” flash flooding caused by “excessive rainfall,” especially in the southern part of the state, as a so-called “atmospheric river” came ashore from the Pacific Ocean.

“This is a serious storm with dangerous and potentially life-threatening impacts,” said Governor Gavin Newsom as he declared the state of emergency for eight counties in Southern California.

Areas under the emergency order include Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Santa Barbara.

According to the NWS, another five to eight inches of rain were expected to fall around the Los Angeles area Monday, bringing the total amount of rain in the last 48 hours to up to eight to 14 inches in some areas.

“Increasingly saturated conditions and ongoing flooding will be further exacerbated by this additional rainfall, continuing the threat for life-threatening, locally catastrophic flash, urban, and small stream flooding, as well as a threat for debris flows and mudslides,” the NWS forecast said early on Monday.

Downtown Los Angeles saw one of its wettest days ever, with more than four inches of rain, according to the local NWS office, which advised residents on social media to “avoid travel if at all possible” due to the “extremely dangerous situation.”