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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

2 killed in submerged car, California hurricane worries

LOS ANGELES: Heavy rain overnight in northern California killed two people in a car submerged in water as officials volunteered Thursday because of possible mud and debris flows from residents of several Southern California mountain and valley communities. urged to leave their homes.

In Millbray, south of San Francisco, firefighters managed to rescue a driver who had climbed over his vehicle on a flooded underpass. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Detective Javier Acosta said they could not reach people in the other car.

Acosta told the Mercury News in San Jose that “heavy rain” was increasing rapidly in the underpass when firefighters responded to a call for help shortly before 6 a.m. It took several hours to evacuate the area. , when the authorities discovered the bodies. An investigation is underway.

In this image taken from video from a Caltrans remote video traffic camera, traffic is stopped along snow-covered Interstate 80 in Donner Summit, Calif., on December 23, 2021. (Caltrans via AP)

In the Sierra Nevada, an evacuation warning was issued downstream of the Twain Hurt Lake Dam after cracks were found in the 36-foot-tall (11 m) structure, and officials were planning to release some of the water, the Tulomane County Sheriff’s Office said. said .

Precautions for Southern California came as Northern California received most of the rain this week that spread across the state. There is a possibility of heavy rain in the southern part of the state late Thursday night.

Firefighters use a litter basket to rescue a man trapped on the pole of a bridge over the Los Angeles River.

The National Weather Service issued an advisory for minor flooding on roadways and low-lying areas in counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay, and an avalanche warning was posted for the eastern Sierra Nevada backcountry areas in Mono and Inyo counties.

Tire chains were required on several major routes through the Sierras, and flooding closed Coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County and a section of US 101 in Santa Barbara County.

Forecasters issued a flood watch for areas east and southeast of Los Angeles through Thursday evening because of potentially heavy overnight rain fed by a long layer of moisture from the Pacific Ocean, an atmospheric river.

Evacuation warnings were issued by Orange County officials for three valleys near the burn mark from wildfires, where last week’s rain spread muddy torrents. A warning was also issued for half a dozen mountainous areas by San Bernardino County officials.

A period of rain and snow was predicted in California until Christmas and the following week. Snow levels in the north could drop to 1,000 feet (300 meters) or less by Sunday, forecasters said, warning holiday travelers to be prepared.

“The foothills that don’t usually snow should be prepared for winter conditions, especially Sunday morning through Tuesday morning,” the Sacramento Met Office said.

The Associated Press

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