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Three killed in California winter storm

Tue 06 Feb 2024 | 11:16 AM
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At least three people have died in a winter storm that has brought near-record amounts of rain and destructive mudslides to parts of California, Sky News reported. 

Two men were killed by fallen trees in Carmichael, a suburb of Sacramento, and in Boulder Creek, to the south of San Jose, as the storm lashed the west coast of the United States.

Police also launched an investigation into the death of a man who was found under a tree in his garden in Yuba City, to the northeast of San Francisco.

The storm was the second so-called Pineapple Express weather system, or atmospheric river storm, to hit the state in the past week.

On Monday, virtually all of southern California was under flash flood warnings, including the Los Angeles area, where up to 25.4cm (10in) of rain had fallen, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

At one measuring station in downtown Los Angeles, 17cm (6.7in) of rain had fallen by Monday afternoon - nearly half the yearly average of 36cm (14.25in).

The NSW said that, across two days, it was the third-wettest period in more than 140 years.

"We're talking about one of the wettest storm systems to impact the greater Los Angeles area since records began," Ariel Cohen, chief NWS meteorologist in Los Angeles, said.

"Going back to the 1870s, this is one of the top three."