Heavy Storms Hit California Leaving Thousands Without Power
Heavy storms hit California, leaving thousands without power and causing travel disruptions. Heavy rain, snow, and cold temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend, with some areas experiencing dangerous conditions.
As storms continued to batter sections of California on Saturday, leaving snow at higher altitudes and rain and hail in the flatlands, over 85,000 homes and businesses in the Los Angeles region were without electricity.
As of Thursday evening, more than 30,000 households and businesses were without power in California due to the storms. The majority of outages were in the Bay Area and the Sierra Nevada region.
Utility companies are working to restore power as quickly as possible, but some customers may be without electricity for several days.
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The meteorological agency said on Friday that a separate storm that hit the Plains, Midwest, and Great Lakes earlier this week had moved out to the Atlantic after passing over New England.
According to the Detroit News, more than 400,000 DTE Energy (DTE.N) customers in the Detroit area were still without electricity on Saturday.
The storms have also caused travel disruptions, with several highways and roads closed due to flooding, mudslides, and snow. Yosemite National Park was closed on Thursday due to the weather conditions, and several ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada region were forced to shut down temporarily.
The California Highway Patrol is advising drivers to stay off the roads if possible, as the weather conditions make driving hazardous. Those who must travel are urged to use caution and allow extra time for their journey.
Although San Francisco braced for record low temperatures on Saturday, residents of the state capital of Sacramento were urged by the National Weather Service to stay inside from Sunday through Wednesday as rain and snow returned following a brief respite on Saturday.
Extreme impacts from heavy snow & winds will cause extremely dangerous to impossible driving conditions & likely widespread road closures & infrastructure impacts!.- National Weather Service said on Twitter
The National Weather Service has issued several warnings for California, including a winter storm warning for the Sierra Nevada region and a flash flood warning for parts of the Bay Area.
The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and snow, with some areas seeing up to two feet of snow in higher elevations.
In addition to the precipitation, the storm is also bringing cold temperatures to California, with some areas experiencing temperatures below freezing. Residents are advised to take precautions to stay warm and protect their homes and property.
Snowflakes fell around the Hollywood sign on Mount Lee in the hills above the city on Friday, a sight that must have pleased many Angelenos who are used to bright days and palm palms.
The National Weather Service predicted that Saturday would bring rain, hail, and a snow-and-moisture combination known as "graupel" from the scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms that were forecast to pass over the region.
Winter storms brings heavy rainfall, snow and dangerous road conditions to Southern California
The storms in California are causing significant disruptions and challenges for residents and businesses alike. Those affected are urged to stay informed about the weather conditions and take necessary precautions to stay safe.
The state of California has been plagued by drought and wildfires for quite some time, but this winter has been extraordinarily wet and cold, beginning with a series of fatal "atmospheric river" storms that caused extensive flooding, downed trees, and sparked mudslides.