Thursday, January 05, 2023

Bomb cyclone sweeps California with rains, winds and floods

Bomb cyclone sweeps California

Emergency crews braced for the latest bout of high winds and torrential rains sweeping California on Wednesday, renewing the threat of power outages and deadly flooding that gripped parts of San Francisco Bay and Sacramento over New Year's weekend.

The "atmospheric river" - an airborne current of dense moisture flowing from the ocean - was expected to drench much of California ahead of a storm front bringing additional showers to low-lying areas and more snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains through Thursday.

The incoming blast of extreme winter weather - the next in a succession of storms expected to wash over California in the coming weeks - originated from a sprawling, hurricane-force low pressure system churning over the eastern Pacific, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicted widespread rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches, with up to 3 feet of fresh snow in Sierras.

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