In California, where a powerful storm has caused flooding, strong winds, and torrential rains, at least 14 people have died. While millions more are under severe weather warnings. Thousands of people have evacuated their homes.
Data from Poweroutage show that about 188,000 homes and businesses were without electricity. Much of the state is expected to have heavy rain all day Tuesday, and some places could experience hazardous mudslides as a result.
It has been referred to as “the most dramatic storm since January 2005” by the National Weather Service (NWS). By Wednesday, the weather is predicted to drop up to 7 inches (18 cm) of rain in certain areas, which could lead to more flooding, mudslides, and landslides. NWS authorities cautioned, in particular in regions that had previously been worst hit by heavy rainfall.
Off the shore, “an massive cyclone” is forming, according to officials.
The five-year-old who was carried away by floodwaters Monday in Paso Robles is still unaccounted for.
According to reports, the youngster and his mother were in a truck carrying him to school when it was flooded. It launched a seven-hour search that had to be suspended since diving was no longer safe. Local authorities stated that he has not been pronounced dead, but they did not provide information about when the search will restart.
Sheriff of Santa Barbara County Bill Brown told the Los Angeles Times that today was not the day to be out and about doing anything unneeded.
Residents of the town and adjacent canyons were told to leave by the Montecito Fire Department in an order they issued on Monday afternoon.
Residents who were unable to escape were advised to seek high ground or their innermost room.
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Among those told to vacate their houses were residents of Montecito, a posh seaside neighbourhood.
Numerous Hollywood celebrities call Montecito home, including the actor Rob Lowe and the comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who on Monday shared a video from the banks of a flooded creek.
This is insane, said DeGeneres. “Our neighbor’s brook never ever flows. It will rise two more feet, to a height of possibly nine feet.”
On the fifth anniversary of a mudslide in Montecito that killed 23 people. And destroyed more than 100 houses, the evacuation is taking place.
Throughout addition to the already flooded rivers. This fresh round of extreme weather will bring devastating gusts that are anticipated to destroy trees and power lines.