The second of back-to-back atmospheric rivers battered California on Sunday, prompting the first-ever warning for hurricane-force winds in the state’s history.
California is bracing for what could be days of heavy rains, flooding on roads and knocking out power to nearly 800,000 people, with 97 percent of the state’s population under flood warning.
The current ‘bomb cyclone’ – a term denoting a storm that rapidly intensifies over 24 hours – could dump more than 8 trillion gallons of precipitation on the state.
The storm inundated streets and brought down trees and electrical lines across the San Francisco Bay Area, where winds topped 60 mph in some areas, blowing what looked like a white flag of tarpaulin off a building. Gusts exceeding 80 mph were recorded in the mountains.
A video out of Los Angeles caught chilling images of planes flying into the city as they tried to navigate the terrible conditions.