A severe storm that erupted from a “bomb depression” over the Pacific Ocean landed in drought-stricken northern California on Sunday, destroying large areas of the West Coast with heavy rain, devastating winds, flooding and landslides.
Flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area closed the streets of Berkeley and flooded Auckland’s Bay Bridge tollhouse. The National Weather Service in Sacramento has warned that the city of Sacramento will receive “likely historic” rain.
The Bureau of Meteorology tweeted, “The debris flow is currently taking place and the roads have already been closed.” “If you’re near a burn mark, it may be too late to remove it. Don’t try to cross the debris stream. Move to the top floor of the house.”
A bomb cyclone forms when air pressure drops rapidly as the storm intensifies explosively. Forecasts predicted that the storm would hit a foot of rain in some areas, with up to eight feet of snow on the mountains.
“As the system gets closer, things will get worse,” the National Weather Service’s Weather Forecast Center warned in a tweet. “The strong winds, strong waves and heavy rain will have a big impact. Heavy snowfall will start in the Sierra from tonight.
According to AccuWeather meteorologist John Porter, the bomb depression was pulling deep tropical moisture from the Pacific Ocean, creating an “atmospheric river.” He described the phenomenon as a “sky moist fire hose” that could remove heavy rain and mountain snow.
“Floods, rocks, chain controls, downed vehicles—and that was only this morning.” California Department of Transportation tweeted Sunday. “This atmospheric river storm is expected to intensify tomorrow with heavy rain and snow. Don’t drive if you don’t need it.”
This area needs rain. Governor Gavin Christopher last week declared a statewide drought emergency in the wake of a three-year drought across the West.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are 17 major wildfires in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. In California alone, wildfires burned nearly 2 million acres in 2021. According to AccuWeather Porters, the storm will effectively end the wildfire season in most of the area.
“This rain is about a month faster than average and we are particularly welcome to fight the rest of the fires in Northern California,” Porter said.
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Moisture from rivers in the developing environment is targeting parts of northern and central California and southern Oregon, he said, strongest this morning through Monday.
Porter said up to two inches of rain per hour could be “very strong and violent,” causing severe flooding and landslides, potentially life-threatening and threatening property.
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The National Weather Service’s Bay Area issued a flash flood clock saying, “The main concern is 2020 burns, but heavy rains pass through Sunday afternoon and night, flooding urban areas and rivers. I have sex.” “
According to AccuWeather, snow starts falling above 8,000 feet, but by Monday it will drop to about 6,000 feet.
“Given the targeted moisture content in the northern and central Sierra Nevada, 60-100 inches of snow could easily fall at levels above 8,000 feet,” said Rich Putnam, a senior hurricane warning meteorologist at AccuWeather.
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