Severe weather in California has forced thousands to evacuate, leaving one person dead and one child missing this week, and tens of thousands of power companies without power on Tuesday morning.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected across much of California on Tuesday as a new low pressure system heading toward California as part of the “Cyclone Parade” led to a series of rescue operations. Houses were flooded, roads turned into rivers, and cars were swept away by the deluge.
On Avila Beach, about 110 miles north of Los Angeles, one person died after a car was swept away, said Anita Konopa, an official with the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Services Department.
A child is missing after his car was flooded near Paso Robles in the north of the country, said Scott Jalbert of the agency. Tony Coppola, spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department, said the search for the boy was suspended Monday afternoon due to the extreme circumstances. On Tuesday morning, it was unclear when the search would resume.
According to PowerOutage.us, more than 63,000 utility customers in California were without power early Tuesday morning. At least 13,000 of them were in Sacramento County, according to the Outage Tracker.
As the torrential rains in the state eased, another low pressure system quickly gained strength on the west coast and headed into the state, according to the National Weather Service.
“A never-ending chain of powerful systems with rivers of atmospheric water vapor continue to flood California,” he said.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected across much of California Tuesday through Tuesday night, with several feet of snow expected along the Sierra Nevada. The heavy rains are expected to exacerbate ongoing flooding and linger the danger of flash floods and landslides across the state.
Authorities on Monday issued an immediate evacuation order for the entire Montecito area, home to many celebrities, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as Santa Barbara and other nearby cities, amid heightened risks of flooding and landslides.
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