Californians Experience Power Outages Amid Flooding, Mudslides

Atmospheric river storms impact several parts of the state.

Some regions of California have received nonstop rain for two days, causing flooding, mudslides, debris flows, and power outages. Wind gusts, which have downed power lines, have been similar to hurricane strength in some areas, reaching up to 90 miles per hour or higher. As of Monday afternoon, over 400,000 were without electricity in the state.

The National Weather Service stated that “the ongoing atmospheric river that is causing heavy rain, heavy mountain snow, high surf, and gusty winds across portions of California today. Expect impacts to linger across Southern California into Tuesday.“ The NWS Prediction Center has designated Southern California high risk for excessive rainfall.

Officials have shared warnings and alerts regarding road closures and detours. Some towns are under evacuation warnings due to the dangers of flooding and mudslides. Some areas had school canceled on Monday due to the storms.

The Mayor of San Diego, Todd Gloria, said that the city is not accustomed to such severe weather. “We’ve seen areas that have not traditionally flooded flood because of the volume of rain in a very short amount of time,” Mayor Gloria said.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For NOAA Assistant Administrator Ken Graham as he heads the National Weather Service.
  • For Under Secretary Rick Spinrad as he heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • For the state and local leaders and first responders in California as they seek to keep residents safe during the treacherous storms and flooding conditions.

Sources: USA Today, CNN

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