California is preparing for a final wave of snow and heavy rain
Storm-hit California is bracing for what may be its final rain and snowfall, which could add to the damage caused by the weather that caused severe flash flooding and killed at least 19 people across the state.
The US National Weather Service said residents in central and southern California should brace for heavy rain and snow, with the possibility of flash flooding and mudslides in an area riddled with the three-week-old storms.
The latest wave of rain is expected to hit the mountain ranges north of Los Angeles and east of San Diego, and rainwater levels will be between about 50mm and 100mm, according to the agency’s chief meteorologist Marc Chenard.
“The worst is definitely over,” Chenard said in an interview, expecting drier conditions to follow by the end of the month.
Yesterday, US President Joe Biden authorized a declaration of a state of emergency in California, allocating federal funding to relief efforts in Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz counties.
Since last December 26, the state has been subject to a series of so-called atmospheric flows, which are river-like storms in the sky that carry moisture from Earth’s tropics to higher latitudes, resulting in massive amounts of rain.
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