Thousands flee homes in Calif., 1 dead; Severe weather moves across US


A bomb cyclone has caused thousands to flee their homes in California with 1 dead, Pres. Biden declares a state of emergency as a line of strong storms will move across the US this week, bringing severe weather to the East.

Powerful California storm causes thousands to flee

Thousands in Northern California have been forced to evacuate their homes amid a bomb cyclone and atmospheric river that has dumped torrents of rain, prompting dozens of water rescues, causing widespread damage, and leaving one person dead, CNN reported. Fourteen people have died so far as a result of recent storms.

President Joe Biden declared an emergency in California, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, as well as mobilize emergency resources, the White House said, Sky News reported.


On Tuesday, 32,000 people in parts of Santa Cruz County outside San Jose were ordered to evacuate. This follows Monday’s evacuations which included the entire Oceanside town of Montecito due to flooding, mudslides and debris flow. Residents in portions of the nearby cities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Summerland were also ordered to evacuate.

Deaths and missing child

On Monday, a driver was killed on California’s central coast after entering a flooded roadway in Avila Beach, about 180 miles northwest of Los Angeles. On the same day, a five-year-old was swept away in floodwaters near the Salinas River in San Miguel, about a 215-mile drive northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said.

NWS weather alerts for Tuesday

Here are Tuesday’s weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Winter storm warning: northern and eastern California; southern Nevada; north-central Utah; south-central Wyoming.

Winter weather advisory: northern California; western and central Nevada; southeastern Idaho; throughout Utah; southeastern Wyoming; western Colorado.

Flood watch: northern, central, and southern California; southwestern Oregon.

High wind warning and wind advisories for portions of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

Strong storms move east: What to expect through Thursday

Here’s a look at the week ahead according to the latest forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Wednesday: California flooding, Storms drift east

California can expect more heavy rain with flash flooding along the northwestern coast, with heavy snowfall for the northern and northeastern regions, particularly along the Sierra bordering Nevada.

In the West, snow for portions of Idaho, Montana, Utah, throughout Wyoming and Colorado, and into northern New Mexico.

In the Midwest, snow for portions of Western South Dakota and Nebraska, as well as eastern North Dakota. Snow throughout much of Minnesota and into northern parts of Wisconsin and Michigan.

In the Northeast, Snow over portions of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.

In the South, thunderstorms for the eastern parts of Texas and Oklahoma extending into parts of the Southeast and southern Ohio Valley.

Thursday: Severe weather in the south

Thunderstorms in the South and Southeast will bring severe weather in the south over portions of Mississippi, throughout Alabama, western and northern Georgia, and into Western South Carolina, southwestern North Carolina, and southeastern Tennessee.

Snow for the Eastern Midwest and into the Great Lakes region, with potential freezing rain over parts of New York and Maine.

In the West, heavy snow over parts of Washington, with freezing rain over sections of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.