Drone video of Flooded Felton in Santa Cruz County
In parts of Southern California, cleanup is underway as people prepare for more rain, high winds and snow further north.
Wind advisories and flood watches remain in effect for the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday as high storm surge conditions and flooding continued.
Severe weather has battered communities, leaving homes and businesses underwater, sweeping away vehicles, opening massive sinkholes and causing blackouts. Dangerous floods, overflowing rivers and landslides have been reported across the state.
At least 17 people have died due to the extreme weather. The search resumed on Wednesday for a five-year-old boy who was forced to escape from their flooded vehicle.
Storms have claimed more lives in California than wildfires combined in the past two years combined.
Putting a Price Tag on California Storms
The latest storms to hit California are going to leave more than trees and flooded neighborhoods.
There is also going to be a big bill for cleaning up the state and economic recovery.
The weather may have caused $30 to $34 billion worth of damage across the state, according to Accuweather Inc. and Bloomberg. reports.
Josh Marcus12 Jan 2023 00:25
More statistics on California’s massive storms
An estimated 57,000 people are without power in California, and more than half of the state’s 58 counties have been declared disaster areas. According to Newsweek.
Within certain cities, the damage has been staggering.
In Merced County, more than 100 cars were damaged by the flood. Journal reports.
Josh Marcus12 Jan 2023 00:08
Hurricane winds hit California with 90 mph winds
Something you don’t see everyday: Hurricanes in California.
On Tuesday, a 90 mph twister touched down in Calaveras County, KRA. reportsDowned trees and buildings in the San Joaquin Valley region of the state.
Josh Marcus11 January 2023 23:45
California storms, by the numbers
How bad is the ground damage in California after weeks of storms?
According to the National Weather Service, a total of 955 reports of flooding, flash flooding or debris flows have been recorded since Dec. 26.
Damage was concentrated around the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, the Central Coast, and the Sierras, while forests in the arid south and north were spared the worst.
Josh Marcus11 January 2023 23:25
Woman found dead in submerged car in Sonoma
The California hurricane death toll continues to rise.
A woman was found dead inside a submerged car in Forestville on Wednesday, according to ABC News, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. reports.
Daphne Fontino, 43, was buried about 100 feet from the roadway under 8 to 10 feet of water, authorities said.
Josh Marcus11 January 2023 23:05
The video shows a massive tree falling that was soaked by the storm
Following days of heavy rain, the soil in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains is completely soaked.
PG&E’s lineman caught video of a large tree falling across Highway 9 on Wednesday.
Josh Marcus11 January 2023 22:45
A reminder: the drought isn’t over yet
Despite apocalyptic rain and flooding across California, the state’s historic drought is far from over.
“It’s important to remember that these storms are not over #Drought” the state Department of Water Resources wrote on Wednesday. “Major reservoir storage remains below average, and conditions may dry out again this winter, offsetting the recent #Storms. Statewide CA reservoir storage is currently only 82% of this year’s average.
Here’s how the atmospheric river will affect the state’s drought.
Josh Marcus11 January 2023 22:25
5 million people are under flood watch as rains continue
An estimated 5 million Californians are under a flood watch as heavy rains continue through the week, CNN reported reports.
California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis said Wednesday, “The state has been experiencing a drought for the last four years, and now it’s storm upon storm.
“We’ve had six storms in the last two weeks. That’s all the weather you’ll get in a year, and we’ve condensed it into two weeks.
Josh Marcus11 January 2023 22:05
Dramatic video footage of the aftermath of the California landslides
Flooding isn’t the only danger from California’s recent heavy rainstorms.
Many rural, mountainous areas in California have experienced both wildfires and drought in recent years, making them more vulnerable to landslides after flash floods.
Video from Caltrans shows damage caused by mudslides on State Route 33.
Josh Marcus11 January 2023 21:45
Boy, 4, and two adults rescued by Good Samaritans after Tesla crashes into California swimming pool
The fatal crash happened around 9 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of West California Boulevard in Pasadena, according to the Pasadena Fire Department.
Two adults and a boy were traveling in a Tesla when the driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake, causing the car to crash through a wall and into the home’s swimming pool, authorities said.
Josh Marcus11 January 2023 21:25