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California storm: Possible tornado hit state while Los Angeles was under flash flood warnings

Risk of mudslides remained high

Toppled tree falls on roof of California house as state battles floods and landslides

Flash flood warnings were announced in parts of California early on Thursday amid reports of a possible tornado in the southern half of the state.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected to continue Thursday with widespread flooding risk including in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Pomona, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

A possible tornado was reported overnight in Grover Beach, southern California after warnings were issued late Wednesday.

The threat of mudslides remains high from the storm, which unleashed historic amounts of rain this week, leaving the ground saturated.

At least nine people have been killed from falling trees, car crashes, and being swept away in raging waters.

Community organisers told The Independent on Wednesday that Los Angeles’ storm response for the city’s large homeless population was “abysmal” and accused authorities of telling “bold-faced-lies”.

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Hail, tornado warnings issued for California central coast

The National Weather Service has issued tornado and hail warnings for residents in Morro Bay and Los Osos. While pea-sized hail and 55mph winds are possible in Atascadero CA, Morro Bay CA and Cayucos CA until 4.15 PM PST.

The tornado warning has only been issued for 4.15pm

Mike Bedigan8 February 2024 09:00
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Flash flood warning for parts of California, including Los Angeles

A flash flood warning is in place for parts of California, including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Pomona, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

The warning will stay in place until 3am. NWS urged drivers to take extra precaution on the road and avoid driving through flooded roads.

Stuti Mishra8 February 2024 10:00
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Watch: California storm causes fatal flooding as mass evacuations are put into effect

California storm causes fatal flooding as mass evacuations are put into effect
Mike Bedigan8 February 2024 11:00
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'Mountain was coming down': Residents recall harrowing mudslides

The storm fuelled by the second of back-to-back atmospheric rivers to hit California in days brought over 500 harrowing mudslides in the state.

Some residents are cleaning up fallen trees and debris, while others say their homes are too damaged for them to live in.

Wendy Barron escaped her Hacienda Heights home during Tuesday's historic downpours in Southern California. Her husband, Jesus Barron, told The Associated Press that he answered his wife's panicked phone call warning him that a mudslide was smashing into their bedroom.

"She called me and told me the mountain was coming down," he recalled on Wednesday. "I thought the worst."

heir home was seriously damaged when mud flowed down the hillside and blasted through the two retaining walls the family built when they moved in seven years ago.

"It's not enough to stop Mother Nature, of course," Mr Barron said.

While the couple was able to retrieve some belongings, their house isn't liveable, they say. Now, they need to decide whether they want to return once it's repaired.

"We love it here," Mr Barron said. "However, it wouldn't be easy to go through this again."

Stuti Mishra8 February 2024 11:30
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LA authorities’ response to homeless citizens during California storms dubbed ‘abysmal’

Community organisers have accused Los Angeles authorities of “bold-faced lies” and said the city’s response to its unhoused population during the recent catastrophic storms has been “abysmal”.

Despite promises that extra aid would be available, contact with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has reportedly been difficult, exacerbated by the fact that many seeking shelter do not have phones or internet access.

Read the full story here:

LA authorities’ response to homeless citizens during California storms ‘abysmal’

Community organisers say that contact with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has been difficult, exacerbated by the fact that many seeking shelter do not have phones or internet access

Mike Bedigan8 February 2024 12:00
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Time lapse: Evolution of two atmospheric rivers that hammered California

Two atmospheric rivers have battered California in last two weeks, with the recent storm bringing record-breaking rains.

A time-lapse video of the satellite footage shared by Colorado based Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere CIRA) shows the evolution of these weather systems.

Stuti Mishra8 February 2024 12:30
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When will the rain end?

Officials are predicting that Friday could be the last chance for rain with a dry weekend ahead. Southern California is currently expecting its wettest two-day period since 1877.

So far, 13 inches of wind has battered the area, leaving homes significantly damaged. The state had recently been in a drought but experts say that violent weather transitions are to be expected as the planet warms.

Mike Bedigan8 February 2024 13:00
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Breaking: Five Marines confirmed dead after helicopter crash

Five US Marines have been confirmed dead after their helicopter went down during severe weather in California.

The CH-53E helicopter was recovered in the Cleveland National Forest outside of San Diego. The cause of the crash is being investigated, CNN reported.

The aircraft had been travelling to a base in southern California from Nevada when it went missing.

Louise Boyle8 February 2024 13:48
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ICYMI: Death toll rises to nine in California storms as mudslides ravage Los Angeles

The death toll has increased to at least nine people from California’s severe storms, officials said.

The storm, which has unleashed biblical proportions of rain this week, was expected to continue impacting the state until Thursday or Friday.

Read Louise Boyle’s recap here:

Mike Bedigan8 February 2024 14:00
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Authorities investigating possible tornado in Grover Beach

Experts with the National Weather Service are investigating whether a tornado struck California’s Grover Beach on Monday.

“A very strong “weather event” passed right over the PD and City Hall,” Grover Beach Police Commander Jim Munro said on X. “@NWSLosAngeles is looking into the possibility of it being a tornado.”

The event appears to have knocked down several trees in its wake.

Katie Hawkinson8 February 2024 14:20

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