California: Heavy rains hit Northern California for the 7th straight time since Christmas on Wednesday, adding to the woes of a state already battered by floods, storms, power outages and waterlogging. Jack Taylor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center, said Wednesday’s rains were relatively light and occurred mostly in northwestern California. He predicted heavy rain in most parts of the state later this week. The weather service said: “The parade of storms is expected to continue, bringing even more heavy rain next week.”
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Lower San Francisco has recorded 13.6 inches (34.5 cm) of rain since Dec. 1. The National Weather Service said that from the morning of Dec. 26 through Jan. 11, San Francisco International Airport, the City of Oakland and the City of Stockton all recorded rainfall during those 16 days. Large parts of central California have received more than half of their normal annual precipitation since Dec. 26. Gusty winds shook the trees and it continued to rain all morning on the coast of Mendocino County, about 260 km north of San Francisco. Many large trees were uprooted in the storm and the raging seas scattered a pile of debris on the shores. Utility trucks lined up along Highway 1, deployed to help people in the event of power outages.
Several roads across the state were blocked due to landslides and snowfall. On Wednesday, the state Department of Transportation urged drivers to stay off the roads until the road is clear. California Governor Gavin Newsom said so far this year at least 17 people have died from the storm. Another victim was found Wednesday morning, when Sonoma County rescue workers found a bar submerged about 10 feet (3 meters) in flood waters 100 yards (meters) from a road, along with a 43-year-old woman. years dead. In Mendocino County, a 68-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her home. A 37-year-old driver of a tree service crane truck was killed when his vehicle skidded off the road and rolled over several times.
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The local sheriff’s department said the search continued Wednesday for a 5-year-old boy who was swept away by floodwaters near San Miguel, a small town in central California. High winds knocked out power to 54,000 homes and businesses Wednesday afternoon, according to data from Poweroutage.us. Several evacuation orders issued across the state have been rescinded, but not in the rural central California town of Planada, where homes and businesses are still under water. The rains helped bring relief but did not end the 2-decade drought. With the state’s reservoir storage at just 82% of average for this time of year, the state’s water resources department warned that the rest of the rainy season could see below-average rainfall. the average.
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FIRST POST: January 12, 2023, 07:45 HST