LOS ANGELES –
Hurricane-ravaged California experienced more wind, rain and snow on Saturday, raising fears of flooding, causing power outages and making travel dangerous.
The National Weather Service said the rains accompanied by gusts started in the north and spread south, with more storms expected early next week.
According to poweroutage.us, more than 68,000 utility customers were without power on Saturday morning, a number that had been cut by more than half by afternoon.
Flood warnings have been issued for the northern San Francisco Bay area, including Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
To the south, warnings were issued for several counties including San Mateo and Santa Cruz, where the tiny community of Felton Grove along the San Lorenzo River was ordered to evacuate. An evacuation order was also issued for residents of the Wilton area in the southeastern semi-rural region of Sacramento County. Authorities cited a flood threat from the Cosumnes River.
Rising Salinas River waters flooded farmland in Monterey County, and to the east, flood warnings were in effect for Merced County in the Agricultural Central Valley, which Governor Gavin Newsom visited to see consider storm problems.
“The reality is this is only the eighth of what we predict will be nine atmospheric rivers — we’re not done yet,” Newsom said during a briefing with leaders. local, where he urged people to stay vigilant about safety for the next 24 to 48 hours.
“This is happening all over California but I would say… you are disproportionately suffering the consequences, and if you feel that way you are right,” Newsom said.
Slippery roads, snow and power outages blocked the highway through the Sierra Nevada.
UC Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Laboratory tweeted Saturday morning that it received 21.3 inches (54 centimeters) of snow in 24 hours, and its roughly 10 feet (3 meters) thick layer of snow is expected to fall. add a few feet on Monday.
A remote avalanche warning has been issued for the central Sierra, including the greater Lake Tahoe area.
A series of atmospheric rivers have dumped rain and snow on California since late December, cutting power to thousands, flooding roads, releasing debris streams and triggering landslides.
At least 19 hurricane-related deaths have occurred, and a 5-year-old boy is still missing after being swept out of his mother’s car by floodwaters in San Luis Obispo County.
Sean Duryee, acting commissioner of the California Highway Patrol, said half of all deaths involve drivers and some could have been prevented if drivers had heeded the closing signs. Street.
In Santa Barbara County, where a massive debris flow through the community of Montecito killed 23 people on January 9, 2018, residents were told that new evacuations were not expected but that they should prepare.
Montecito and surrounding areas were most recently ordered to evacuate last Monday, the fifth anniversary of what locals call “September 1 Debris Flow”. But the community located in the foothills of the coastal mountains escaped serious damage.
During a visit to Montecito on Friday, Newsom asked residents to exercise caution and heed warnings from public safety officials.
“I know how tired you all are,” Newsom said. “Just maintain a little more vigilance throughout next weekend.”
Dry days are forecast next week for California starting Tuesday.
“The question then becomes will we be dry by the end of the month?” The San Francisco Bay Area weather office wrote.
AP reporter Janie Har contributed from San Francisco. AP/Report for America writer Sophie Austin contributed from Mather, California.