AP News's is reporting on a new winter storm hitting California

California is currently experiencing a potent wet winter storm that began strengthening early Monday, posing risks of flooding, hail, strong winds, and even brief tornadoes as it moves south. The storm, following a mild cold front on Saturday, intensified on Sunday, bringing gusts over 30 mph in Oakland and San Jose. Significant flooding is a concern, especially along the central coast, with up to 5 inches of rain expected in many areas, and isolated totals up to 10 inches in the Santa Lucia and Santa Ynez mountain ranges. The National Weather Service has warned of thunderstorms around Sacramento that could bring tornadoes, hail, heavy rain, and gusty winds. Two people were already rescued from floodwaters near Sacramento, and another man was saved from a creek in El Dorado Hills. This storm is moving faster than the previous atmospheric river event but still carries risks of flash flooding and power outages. Flood watches and warnings are in place, and heavy snow is expected in higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has activated its operations center and is positioning resources in anticipation of the storm's impact.

Source: AP News


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