California, Nevada face flooding, energy outages amid winter storm

Northern California and western Nevada have been slammed over the weekend by a strong winter storm that deluged cities and counties with a number of inches of rain and snowfall.

An atmospheric river storm pulled in moisture from the Pacific Ocean earlier than pushing by the western states. As of Sunday afternoon, energy was out in additional than 170,000 California houses, with about 35,000 houses in Nevada additionally in the dead of night, based on poweroutage.us.

Greater than 5 inches of rain fell over the San Francisco Bay Space on Saturday, marking the area’s second wettest day on file.

Photographs shared online present a flood of murky brown rainwater streaming by San Francisco’s streets.

The California Freeway Patrol shut down a significant route, US-101, on New Yr’s Eve earlier than re-opening it on Sunday.

A big semi-truck drove by a street closure on Saturday evening and needed to be towed away earlier than the freeway was re-opened, based on the company.

Throughout the San Francisco Bay in Oakland, about 4.75 inches of rain fell on Saturday evening. The rainfall set a brand new file within the metropolis, breaking a earlier one set in 1982.

Oakland crews are working to clear streets of flooding and particles, together with downed timber, whereas additionally offering sandbags to residents to divert water from their houses.

The town is asking residents to remain off the roads whereas the work continues.

A flash flood warning remains to be in impact north of Oakland in Sacramento, the place the Nationwide Climate Service reported a number of roads have been underwater within the central and southern components of the state capital.

Officers are discouraging journey across the areas of Wilton, Herald and Galt in Sacramento County and in addition shut down a significant interstate, state route 99, after flooding was unleashed within the area from the Cosumnes River on Saturday evening.

Heavy snowfall additionally pounded the Sierra Nevada mountains, bringing as much as three ft of snow in some areas.

Extra snow is predicted within the area this week from one other, smaller storm growing alongside the west coast.

A number of inches of snow additionally hit areas throughout western Nevada, the place some areas have been anticipating as much as 18 inches of snowfall.