Torrential rainfall and gail force winds wreaked havoc in the coastal state
The “bombogenesis”, or “weather bomb”, flooded numerous freeways while gail force winds took down hundreds of trees and power lines.
A 55-year-old man in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles was electrocuted after a falling tree pulled a power line onto his car.
A motorist was killed after his car was caught in a flash flood in the town of Victorville, while another managed to clamber onto his vehicle for safety.
Two others were killed in car accidents in the San Diego area. Police suspected they had been speeding in the rain.
Officer Jake Sanchez said: “In these types of conditions, speed plays a huge factor because if you drive fact it’s very easy to lose control.”
A house was destroyed after an uprooted tree fell on the roof
Widespread flooding caused numerous freeways to close
Huge sinkholes swallowed entire cars
More than 150,000 households have been left without power and massive sinkholes have swallowed cars.
Hundreds of homes have been evacuated amid fears of mud slides near Los Angeles.
Travellers were left stranded after 300 flights were disrupted at Los Angeles International Airport and major roads were closed.
Fire officers rescued motorists from flash floods
Pedestrians walked through heavy rainfall during the storms
Cyclists even pushed their bikes through foot-high flooding
Cleanup has started after the storm subsided late Saturday, but the US’ National Weather Service has warned of wet weather to come throughout the week.
Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for WeatherBell Analytics, claimed 10 trillion gallons of rain would fall on California in the next week – enough to power Niagara falls for 154 days.
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He said: “That’s a very large number compared to previous winters and especially compared to the previous year.
“The rainy season has been crazy in California, with multiple atmospheric river events directing moist onshore flow and precipitation along the mainly central and northern coasts while Southern California has been left out.”
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