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Thursday February 22, 2024

Deadly California storm triggers flooding, mudslides, power outages

NWS says more than 10 inches (25 cm) of rain had fallen since Sunday across the Los Angeles area

By REUTERS
February 13, 2024
A person walks down as the area is covered with mud and destruction after California storms. — AFP/File
A person walks down as the area is covered with mud and destruction after California storms. — AFP/File

LOS ANGELES: A deadly Pacific storm, the second “Pineapple Express” weather system to sweep the West Coast in less than a week, dumped torrential rain over Southern California on Monday, triggering street flooding and mudslides throughout the region.

Extreme-weather advisories for floods, high wind and winter storm conditions were posted on Monday across parts of California and southwestern Arizona where some 35 million people live, and authorities urged residents to limit their driving.

The National Weather Service documented staggering rainfall amounts from the storm, which lashed Northern California on Sunday with hurricane-force gusts of wind, along with heavy precipitation that intensified as the system moved south on Sunday night and Monday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said more than 10 inches (25 cm) of rain had fallen since Sunday across the Los Angeles area, the nation’s second-largest city, with much more expected before the downpour was due to taper off later in the week.Nearly a foot of rain was measured over a 24-hour period on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

“We’re talking about one of the wettest storm systems to impact the greater Los Angeles area” since records began, Ariel Cohen, chief NWS meteorologist in L.A., told an evening news conference. “Going back to the 1870s, this is one of the top three.”