After Historic Storms, Cyclone Brings Even More Rain to California
< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">A pedestrian walks in the rain near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on January 11, 2023.
California was experiencing heavy rain on Wednesday caused by a cyclone that is likely to worsen flooding and landslides caused by a series of deluges that have already killed 18 people in this western American state.
Torrential rains over the previous days on already waterlogged soils caused huge power outages, caused extensive flooding, uprooted scores of trees and cut off major roads, with the floods sometimes causing floods. motorists.
Some regions have recorded rainfall levels not seen in 150 years.
A huge spinning cyclone off the west coast will again bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds [Wednesday], this time to Northern California, according to the US Weather Service (NWS) in its latest advisory . The region could receive up to 18 cm of precipitation in places.
As of midday Wednesday, more than 55,000 homes were without power.
In Aptos, a small town just over an hour's drive south of San Francisco, residents were trying to recover from the floods of the past few days.
A man cleans up sand that has washed ashore in front of homes near the beach in Aptos, California on January 11, 2023.
This is probably the worst flooding I've seen since I moved here in 1984, Doug Spinelli told AFP.
The town stream was flowing very violently…and there were tree trunks crashing into the river, almost one every 30 seconds, the resident said. It was amazing to see the amount of debris and wood carried by the torrent.
The governor of California visited this region of Santa Cruz County on Tuesday, one of the most affected by the serial storms. There, he warned of less powerful but equally dangerous storms to come.
This place is soggy. Now, a more modest amount of precipitation can have a bigger impact when it comes to conditions on the ground, he warned the press.
“We are not at the end of our troubles. We expect the storms to continue at least until January 18th. »
— Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
The storms of the past few weeks have claimed at least 18 lives, more than the wildfires of the past two years, according to his office.
The torrential rains that have been falling on California for two weeks have killed at least 18 people, including a 5-year-old child. Interviews with Olivier Dapremont, resident of Cameron Park and Alain Bourque, climatologist, meteorologist and general manager of Ouranos
In Paso Robles, in the center of the state, a child five-year-old was swept away on Monday while his mother was driving him to school. He was still missing on Wednesday.
My wife is completely devastated to have survived without him, told the Los Angeles Timesher father, Brian Doan. She did her best.
According to him, mother and son were trapped by water in their car. When she tried to pull the child out, they were separated by the current and she was rescued by neighbors, who failed to retrieve the boy.
< p class="e-p">A search is still ongoing and we will continue […] until we find him, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department assured local media.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the deadly toll of recent storms includes motorists trapped by flooding in their cars, residents crushed by falling trees, a couple killed by a landslide and bodies washed away by the waves.
On Monday, the town of Montecito, a celebrity haunt near Santa Barbara, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle notably live, was targeted by an evacuation order, lifted the next day.
A worker cuts down a fallen tree near a home in Montecito, California on January 11, 2023.
California is currently experiencing an endless onslaught of atmospheric rivers, the likes of which have not been seen since 2005, according to the NWS. These rivers of the sky, which are formed by water vapor from the tropics and travel to then pour down waterspouts on the west coast of the United States, are rarely so frequent.
While it is difficult to establish a direct link between these serial storms and climate change, scientists regularly explain that warming increases the frequency and intensity of storms. extreme weather events.
Last week's storm had already knocked out power to tens of thousands of people, caused severe flooding and triggered landslides. It came just days after another deluge of rain on New Year's Eve. Several winters of above-normal precipitation would be needed to compensate for the drought of recent years, according to experts.