Sunday, May 19, 2024

Storm-Battered Southern California Might Get Tornadoes And Up To 8 Inches Of Rain

As locals prepared for further poor weather that may bring up to 8 inches of rain and cause additional flooding and mudslides, remnants from a historic storm left almost 50,000 homes and businesses without power in California on Monday.

Another “atmospheric river” is expected to hit the ravaged state later this week, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.

On Tuesday, it was anticipated that the most recent storm would first pass over Northern California before dipping into Southern California. AccuWeather predicts that rainfall in some places could reach 1 inch. An even stronger storm is expected to hit Northern California late Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Joe Lundberg, “The slow – moving characteristics of the storm and its moisture will contribute to numerous hours of moderate to heavy rain.”

Storm soaks San Francisco and causes power outages, leaving one dead in California.

All of this occurred after 5.46 inches of rain were reported in downtown San Francisco on Saturday. According to AccuWeather, that was the second-wettest day in the city’s 174-year history of record-keeping and the highest one-day total in more than 28 years.

6 to 12 inches of snow are expected in the Sierra Nevada, with locally higher amounts expected over the mountains. This is a lot of snow, but it is far less than the several feet that fell on Saturday.

California is not the only state preparing for hazardous weather. 

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm with heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain swept over the Midwest on Monday and Tuesday. Gusty winds may cause snow to blow and drift, decreasing visibility and making travel challenging, according to the weather service.

A powerful cold front farther south will bring the possibility of violent thunderstorms with tornadoes, damaging winds, and a lot of rain.

Rainfall of up to 8 inches is forecast north of San Francisco

According to AccuWeather, San Francisco and some neighboring coastal locations could receive additional 2-4 inches of rain, and just north of the Bay Area, rainfall totals could reach 4-8 inches. Up to two inches of rain might fall in the Los Angeles region. Particularly in the northern and central areas of California, the storms pose a “high chance of hazardous and possibly life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides,” according to AccuWeather.

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According to owner Sylvan Mishima Brackett, the Mission neighborhood’s Rintaro Restaurant was inundated by more than three feet of floodwaters on Saturday.

“The other half of us were inside, with half of us standing on the tables. There was a moment when we had no choice but to leave. I saw people line up and wade into the streets in chest-deep water, “said he.

Floodwaters are engulfing the Sacramento area

In the Sacramento County region, where severe flooding and levee breaches submerged rural roads and highways, flood warnings and watches were still in force. The National Weather Service cautioned that flooding brought on by severe rain and floodwaters on the Mokelumne and Cosumnes rivers could quickly inundate some neighborhoods. The weather agency advised locals to keep an eye on future forecasts and be ready to flee.

Dan Quiggle, deputy fire chief for operations for the Cosumnes Community Service District Fire Department, told The Sacramento Bee that on Sunday, rescue workers searching for trapped motorists discovered one individual dead inside a flooded car close to Highway 99.

Tornadoes and hail are possible in the Lower Mississippi Valley.

An increased risk warning for severe thunderstorms over the Lower Mississippi Valley from Monday morning through Tuesday morning has been issued by the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center. According to the center, these thunderstorms can produce frequent lightning, strong wind gusts, hail, and a few tornadoes. According to the center, the risk of powerful thunderstorms and a lot of rain moves eastward on Tuesday.

Southern Californians should continue to monitor the situation and heed all warnings from local officials. Those in areas that could be affected by severe weather should take steps now to protect themselves and their property.

Stay current on the latest weather news by checking the Weather News Today website or your local news station.


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