Powerful Storms Hit California, Floods Are A Huge Risk For The Region

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In the first of a series of rainstorms traveling across northern California, a strong storm has hit the typically dry state.

The southern portion of the state also awaits rainfall that forecasters believe could be the most powerful in year, if not tens of years.

Affected regions

The San Francisco Bay Area was hit with increasing rains and heavier winds and Napa and Marin counties recorded an inch or more of precipitation.

San Francisco logges 1.67 inches, stated the National Weather Service. Official who are monitoring the destroyed Oroville Dam announced that they were sure the reservoir will be able to handle the runoff from storms as the lake’s water level had been lowered since the spillways were broken last week, which had prompted residents to evacuate their homes.

People have returned home to their residences but were urged to stay prepared and be ready to leave on short notice.

Precipitation So Far

The precipitation has move down central coastal counties, as forecasters day it is only a minor precursor to a potentially dangerous atmospheric river that aims at the southern portion of the state.

Flood warnings are in effect for any creeks or rivers throughout the state. High winds are expected and warnings have been released for all valleys and mountains in the region, which could receive potential gusts of up to 70 mph.

“The storm looks to be the strongest storm to hit southwest California this season,” said the office of the National Weather Service In the Los Angeles region. “It is likely the strongest within the last six years and possibly even as far back as December 2004 or January 1995.”

Rainfall is predicted to range from 2 to 6 inches by the coast, and 5-10 inches on foothills and mountain slopes.