A historic ‘bomb hurricane’ got drenched California On Sunday, to force evacuations in areas hit by wildfires and initiate stay-at-home orders in other parts of the state.
The weather system was the most powerful on record since records began, surpassing the previous record set in 1977.
A ‘bomb cyclone’ occurs when the barometric pressure drops rapidly and drops 24 millibars in 24 hours or less. The standard surface pressure on Earth is 1013.2 millibars, and the lower the pressure drop inside a cyclone, the more severe the storm it creates. NS Portland The National Weather Service office said the pressure recorded by a buoy 300 nautical miles from Aberdeen dropped to 942.5 mb. Washington state.
Power lines were cut, landslides were triggered and roads were closed due to the impact of the storm.
In Florida, in the midst of heavy rain, a truck crashed into the bridge wall and caught fire, forcing a lane of I-80 to head east.
More than 168,000 people in California, about 172,000 in Washington state, and more than 30,000 in Oregon were left without power on Sunday, according to Poweroutage.us.
The worst outages were in northern California.
As of 2:15 p.m. PT, utility company PG&E was in the Bay Area, 50,576 in the North Bay, 43,556 in the Peninsula, 21,773 in the East Bay, 7,523 in the South Bay, and 7,234 in the San He said more than 130,000 customers, including in Francisco, were without electricity. .
Rocks and vegetation cover Highway 70 after a landslide in the Dixie Fire area on Sunday
Massive boulders and mountains of earth moved after heavy rain in Plumas County on Sunday.
Caltrans maintenance supervisor Matt Martin drives past a landslide covering Highway 70 in the Dixie Fire area on Sunday.
Cars drive past a sign on Highway 101 in Corte Madera, California, on Sunday. Up to 10 inches of rain expected along the west coast
Cars were seen driving through floodwaters in Fairfield, Northern California, on Sunday.
In many areas, Californians were asked to stay at home to avoid emergency services overload, but many ignored this request.
Cars sit in heavy traffic on Highway 101 in Corte Madera on Sunday afternoon
Meteorologist Marc Chenard of the Weather Prediction Center at the National Weather Service said up to 10 inches of rain is expected on the West Coast.
“It’s an atmospheric river that is already moving in northern California,” he added.
Air whips are following the most intense wildfire season in California history, increasing flash flood threats.
Much of the region is in severe, extreme or exceptional drought as classified by the US Drought Monitor.
“Burn marks are the area where water tends to flow faster, so that’s where the biggest flash flood risks are,” Chenard said.
‘Warnings, life threatening flooding in and around burn marks.’
Heavy downpours on Sunday over the burn marks of the Dixie Fire and the North Complex caused serious alarm.
Multiple mudslides have been reported in an area of 570,000 acres darkened by the Dixie Fire in the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains northeast of San Francisco, the second largest wildfire recorded in the state’s history.
San Mateo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz counties have all ordered evacuations.
Workers clear branches on Mirabel Street during a storm in Forestville on Sunday
Santa Rosa firefighters rescue a resident trapped in flood waters on Sunday
Workers try to divert water into sewers as it rains in Marin City on Sunday
On Sunday, frantic efforts were underway to divert water to sewers and prevent flooding in Marin City.
Governor Gavin Newsom’s emergency room said they were expecting mudslides.
“Resources were distributed to these locations due to flooding after the fire was generally more severe, as debris and ash left over from the fire can form mudflows,” OES said in a statement. Said.
‘As rainwater moves through charred ground, it can also collect soil and sediment and transport it in a fast-moving floodwater stream.’
San Mateo County residents who were not under an evacuation order were told to stay at home.
Officials said they were overwhelmed with requests for help.
“Our 9-1-1 dispatchers are making multiple calls during this storm emergency,” they tweeted.
‘You can help by following the instructions of the emergency officials. If you can stand still, don’t travel today.’
Further north, the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service tweeted: ‘Stay home if possible, or drive carefully!’
Strong winds and high waves spotted in Depoe Bay, Oregon on Sunday
Heavy waves break against the Oregon coast as a bomb cyclone storm system moves in the northwest on Sunday
Water rushes down a street as a ‘bomb hurricane’ hits a hill in San Rafael, California on Sunday
Workers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, push water from tarp covering the field before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts
Winds of over 50 miles per hour were blowing in San Francisco.
Sandbags were distributed and evacuation centers were opened in Sacramento.
The Sacramento Emergency Department states, ‘Remember – never go through standing water! Turn around, don’t drown!’
Chenard said snow is expected at higher elevations.
“It’s a pretty impressive storm system,” Chenard said.
‘It’s happening now, and it will continue until tomorrow. Tonight and tomorrow it will slowly shift south through Central California.’