US: Onslaught of ‘endless’ storms leaves at least 16 dead in California
Relentless storms ravaged California again this Tuesday, in the most recent episode of Extreme weather which so far leaves at least 16 people dead and that has caused damage in large areas of the state.
Torrential rains caused sudden flooding, highway closures, downing trees and have swept away drivers and passengers, including a 5-year-old boy who remains missing downtown Of California.
It is expected that still more rain and snow affect the state most populous in the United States. About 160 thousand premises and homes in California lost power on Tuesday, according to the tracking site Poweroutage.us.
A new storm to hit upstate on wednesday with up to 7 inches of new precipitation and “several additional feet of snow” in the mountains of the Sierra Nevadasaid the National Weather Service (NWS).
The entity described the phenomenon as “an endless onslaught of events product of an atmospheric river“, the most powerful storm system since 2005.
The town of Montecito, home to Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, was hit by several inches of rain which increased the risk of dangerous landslides.
Authorities in the municipality, 90 minutes from Los Angelesthey ordered the evacuation of all people on Monday, and an AFP journalist saw police blockades to prevent people from entering the town, where several roads were flooded.
The city with multi-million dollar properties is especially vulnerable to landslides of Earth. It is at the foot of a mountain range that was the scene of a fire five years ago that devastated hundreds of square kilometers that stripped the slopes of the vegetation that normally holds the ground firm.
TV host Ellen DeGeneres posted a video on Twitter of a brook of brown and raging water.
“It’s crazy,” he told his followers. “The stream by our house never flows. It’s probably about nine feet (2.7 meters) high, and it’s going to go up another two feet (more than half a meter)”.
It was not clear how many of the town’s residents, who also include Larry David, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry and Rob Lowe, attended the order to evacuate.
Celebrities on alert
The actress Jennifer Aniston and the television presenter Oprah Winfreyamong others, own homes valued at millions of dollars in Montecito.
The spokesmen of Duke and Duchess of Sussex They did not respond to a request for comment.
Various swaths of the state were under flood alert amid near-record downpours in recent weeks, with still more rain forecasts for the next few days.
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