Bomb Cyclone Blasts Drought-Stricken Northern California With Heavy Rain, Strong Winds, Flooding, Mudslides, and Snow

A pedestrian carries an umbrella while walking on a path in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. / Jeff Chiu, AP Images

A furious storm unleashed from a “bomb cyclone” over the Pacific Ocean slammed ashore Sunday in drought-plagued Northern California, blasting a wide swath of the West Coast with heavy rain, damaging winds, flooding and mudslides.

Flooding across the San Francisco Bay Area closed streets in Berkeley and inundated the Bay Bridge toll plaza in Oakland. The National Weather Service in Sacramento warned of “potentially historic” rain for the city’s downtown.

“Conditions will continue to deteriorate,” the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center warned on Twitter. “Strong winds, high surf, and heavy rain will lead to major impacts. Heavy snow in the Sierra starting tonight.”

The storm was forecast to pound some areas with a foot of rain while dumping up to 8 feet of snow over the mountains, forecasters said. Areas burned by wildfires were vulnerable to mudslides, and debris flows were forcing road closures.

“If you are near a burn scar, it may be too late to evacuate,” the weather service in Sacramento announced on Twitter. “Do not attempt to cross a debris flow. Take shelter in the highest floor of your home.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon

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