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Photos show storm damage in California as state prepares for more inclement weather

Photos show storm damage in California as state prepares for more inclement weather

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A tree and utility pole on Nicasio Valley Road are seen in an aerial view after high winds uprooted them January 5, 2023 in Nicasio, California.

A tree and utility pole on Nicasio Valley Road are seen in an aerial view after high winds uprooted them January 5, 2023 in Nicasio, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)

Another winter storm hit California this week, and communities across the state are still evaluating and cleaning up the damage.

The storm rolled across California on Wednesday, bringing winds up to 85 miles per hour and canceling flights at San Francisco International Airport Associated Press reports. Trees fell, power lines were damaged and sparks erupted flood warnings. As of this writing, more than 76,000 out of 13 million customers are without power PowerOutage.us. The areas directly along the coast, including Humboldt, Mendocino and Sonoma counties, have been hardest hit.

Areas like Santa Cruz experienced strong waves from the storm that damaged coastal properties. KSBW campaign news reported. Residents along Santa Cruz Wharf were evacuated Thursday.

The rain can’t be over yet. “Several winter storms will continue into next week. Widespread moderate rain returns this weekend, followed by a stronger storm Monday through Tuesday, raising ongoing flooding concerns,” according to the Sacramento National Weather Service tweeted on Friday. San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management confirmed in a tweet that the area may continue to rain for the remainder of this week. The department urged residents to report fallen trees and flooding at 311.

This week’s storm came from the third atmospheric flow to hit the state since late December. The severe conditions felled trees and damaged homes. Cities across Northern California like Oakland and San Francisco experienced particularly bad flooding last week. NPR reports. Last week’s storm system then moved east into the central US states. The “multi-hazard” storm unleashed heavy rain, hail and particularly strong winds in states such as Arkansas and Louisiana. CBS News reports. San Francisco saw some mudslides that temporarily closed some streets.

All of this precipitation has somewhat altered the drought conditions in the normally dry state. Parts of central California are no longer affected by exceptional drought, ABC News reports. But that doesn’t mean the drought is over: Most of the state is still experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions, according to the US Drought Monitor.

The latest storm has also dumped snow on the California mountains, giving snowpack a much-needed boost. The California Department of Water Resources this week conducted its first manual snow cover survey for 2023 at Phillips Station near Lake Tahoe. They found more than 55 inches of snow, marking the highest snowpack for this time of year in four decades. State officials are only tentatively excited for now. There was several feet of snow cover in early 2022, but at the last survey at the end of winter, the Lake Tahoe area had only about 2.5 inches of snow. If the last of the snow stays put, it will melt in the spring, giving the state’s reservoirs some much-needed extra water.

Click through for a look at how California is holding up after another storm.

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