AP News's Stefanie Dazio and Julie Watson is reporting on the major historic storm that hit SoCal in February 2024. 

Southern California has faced one of its wettest storms in history, resulting in at least 475 mudslides in the Los Angeles area after the region received more than half its seasonal rainfall in just two days. Despite the severe weather, no major catastrophes or deaths have been reported in Los Angeles, although seven fatalities occurred elsewhere, including victims crushed by fallen trees in Northern California and a person swept away by the swollen Tijuana River. The storm has led to the closure of buildings, with seven deemed uninhabitable and another ten yellow-tagged. Mayor Karen Bass announced plans for recovery and seeking federal aid. The storm's impact was felt across the state, with records for rain and wind being approached or broken, and it has provided a significant boost to water supplies, capturing over 1 billion gallons of rain. The series of atmospheric rivers that have hit the state, including this storm, follow a period of severe drought, highlighting the extreme weather patterns affecting California.

Source: AP News


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