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California Deluge

A second atmospheric river in four days has brought record rains to southern California since it pushed inland late Sunday and Monday, knocking out power to over a million households and killing at least three people from downed trees. Some areas of the state saw more rain in one day than is seen in an average year (see map).

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency for eight counties between Santa Barbara and San Diego yesterday as flash floods and mudslides blocked roads (see photos). Many areas in the greater Los Angeles area received 4 to 6 inches yesterday—with some areas seeing over 10—and mandatory evacuations were called in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties for part of the day. The storm also disrupted ski resorts across the Sierra Nevada after dropping several feet of snow, where more precipitation is expected through midweek. 

Winter atmospheric rivers historically bring close to half of the West Coast's annual precipitation (see explainer). Track the storm's forecast here.

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