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California battered by mudslides and flooding as storm continues: Live

Much of California is on flood watch on Tuesday as some regions approach ten inches of total rainfall while bracing for floods and landslides.

Road blockages, landslides and toppled trees have already been reported in and around Los Angeles. A massive tree also crashed in a Los Angeles neighbourhood on Monday, damaging parked vehicles and downing power lines.

Flood watches for other regions, including the Bay Area, Sacramento and San Diego are still in effect as of Tuesday morning.

Officials are warning Californians to avoid road travel and prepare for power outages, mud or rock slides and coastal flooding. Portions of the US-101 and Pacific Coast Highway were blocked on Monday as rainfall intensified and floodwaters rushed onto the major roadway.

Meanwhile, Santa Barbara County officials issued evacuation warnings for some waterfront neighbourhoods, which could persist through Wednesday.

Many parts of California are already saturated from the heavy rain after a storm earlier this month caused hundreds of landslides so far.

Key Points

  • Entire Bay Area under flood watch

  • Mudslide damages roadside fence in Los Angeles

  • SEE IT: Massive tree falls in Los Angeles neighbourhood, damaging cars and power lines

  • Southern California rainfall total approaches 10 inches in some areas

Santa Barbara airport recovers from Monday travel woes

Tuesday 20 February 2024 22:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport has recovered from its travel issues on Monday.

The airport has cancelled only one flight so far today, according to FlightAware. Meanwhile, 45 per cent of departing flights were cancelled yesterday, alongside 51 per cent of arriving flights.

Those cancellations came amid evacuation warnings in Santa Barbara County due to heavy rain and flooding, some of which are still in effect as of Tuesday afternoon.

Mudslide closes portion of State Route 150

Tuesday 20 February 2024 21:40 , Katie Hawkinson

A mudslide has caused officials to close a portion of State Route 150 in Ventura County, according to the California Department of Transportation. Officials do not currently have an estimate for when the impacted section will reopen.

Officials are working to remove the landslide blocking a portion of State Route 150 (California Department of Transportation)
Officials are working to remove the landslide blocking a portion of State Route 150 (California Department of Transportation)

Up to 35% chance of Sacramento-area thunderstorms

Tuesday 20 February 2024 21:20 , Katie Hawkinson

From noon to 8 pm local time, there will be a 15 - 35 per cent chance of severe thunderstorms in the Sacramento area, according to the National Weather Service.

These storms could bring high winds, hail and even funnel clouds — however, not all funnel clouds will turn into tornadoes.

The National Weather Service said tornadoes are possible in northern California today (National Weather Service)
The National Weather Service said tornadoes are possible in northern California today (National Weather Service)

Waterspouts could form in Bay Area

Tuesday 20 February 2024 21:00 , Katie Hawkinson

A series of thunderstorms rolling through the Bay Area could trigger waterspouts, climate scientist Dr Daniel Swain said on X.

Waterspouts are essentially tornadoes that form over water and are associated with severe thunderstorms, like those blowing through the state of California today.

Bay Area braces for thunderstorms, wind gusts, lightning

Tuesday 20 February 2024 20:40 , Katie Hawkinson

A line of rain showers is approaching the Bay Area, set to bring thunderstorms, wind gusts and potentially lightning, the National Weather Service said.

The entire Bay Area is currently under a flood watch until Wednesday morning.

What are atmospheric rivers, the weather phenomena that left a lasting impact on California?

Tuesday 20 February 2024 20:20 , Katie Hawkinson

This week, a swirling low-pressure system is bringing torrential rain, strong winds and heavy snow to the state of California.

That storm, set to last through Wednesday, means an increased risk of devastating mudslides — a hazard worsened by a historic atmospheric river that passed through California earlier this month.

In early February, a deadly Pacific storm, the second “Pineapple Express” weather system to sweep the West Coast in just a few days, dumped torrential rain over Southern California, triggering street flooding and mudslides throughout the region. The event killed at least nine people and caused 400 mudslides in Los Angeles alone.

Thanks to the torrential downpour, the California soils are over-saturated, leaving them prone to slides.

The storms that have pummeled California both in early February and this week have been caused by what is known as atmospheric rivers.

Here’s a look at the phenomenon:

What are atmospheric rivers, the phenomena that left a lasting impact on California?

SEE IT: High surf slams California’s Bay Area

Tuesday 20 February 2024 20:00 , Katie Hawkinson

The entire Bay Area is under a flash flooding alert as of Tuesday morning.

ICYMI: California residents survey damage caused by historic storms: ‘We were in shock’

Tuesday 20 February 2024 19:40 , Katie Hawkinson

During torrential downpours earlier this month, firefighters responded to a heavy debris flow in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles, evacuating seven homes.

That same storm left California’s soil over-saturated, increasing the risk of mudslides this week.

Residents told Mike Bedigan they had “not even remotely had anything like this before”.

Read more:

California residents survey damage caused by historic storms: ‘We were in shock’

IN PICTURES: California flash flooding, high tides as storm rages on

Tuesday 20 February 2024 19:20 , Katie Hawkinson

Floodwaters rush down a street in Montecito, California on Monday (via REUTERS)
Floodwaters rush down a street in Montecito, California on Monday (via REUTERS)
California officials are warning of high waves and coastal erosion on Tuesday (REUTERS)
California officials are warning of high waves and coastal erosion on Tuesday (REUTERS)
Floodwaters swell California’s San Ysidro Creek (via REUTERS)
Floodwaters swell California’s San Ysidro Creek (via REUTERS)

What are supercells, the weather phenomena that formed over California?

Tuesday 20 February 2024 19:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Supercells formed over California on Monday, worsening an already severe weather situation in the state.

Supercells are storm systems that generate rotating winds and a strong updraft — meaning they can cause both hail and tornadoes in the regions they impact.

However, as of Tuesday morning, no tornadoes appear to have been reported or confirmed in California as a result of this week’s storm.

Southwest California shores should prepare for flooding

Tuesday 20 February 2024 18:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Southwest coastal communities such as Santa Barbara and Malibu should prepare for flooding today, the National Weather Service said.

This warning comes amid the last forecasted day of heavy rainfall in California. Large breaking waves are hitting several points along the state’s coast, and coastal erosion is posing a danger to nearby structures, officials say.

California residents should avoid coastal areas if possible through Wednesday, officials say (National Weather Service)
California residents should avoid coastal areas if possible through Wednesday, officials say (National Weather Service)

SEE IT: Satellite imagery of ‘firehose of moisture’ over California

Tuesday 20 February 2024 18:20 , Katie Hawkinson

ICYMI: Southern California rainfall total approaches 10 inches in some areas

Tuesday 20 February 2024 18:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sunday through Monday, nearly 10 inches of rain fell in Santa Barbara County, California, according to the National Weather Service. Other nearby counties mostly saw 6-8 inches of rain.

Several Santa Barbara County neighbourhoods are under evacuation warnings as rain continues, bringing threats of flash floods.

SEE IT: Satellite imagery of ‘gravity waves’ rippling across California as storm blows through the state

Tuesday 20 February 2024 17:40 , Katie Hawkinson

WATCH: Entire Bay Area under flood watch

Tuesday 20 February 2024 17:20 , Katie Hawkinson

SEE IT: Swirling storm over California brings more rain, snow today through Wednesday

Tuesday 20 February 2024 17:01 , Katie Hawkinson

Massive waves hit the coast of California

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:40 , Katie Hawkinson

The National Weather Service is warning Los Angeles residents to stay away from coastlines today as severe thunderstorms cause large, unpredictable waves.

“The WAVES ARE LARGE today over nearly all beaches thanks to a big 10-15 foot long period west swell,” the NWS wrote on X. “These waves are very DANGEROUS. STAY FAR BACK from the waves and OFF THE ROCKS.”

Weather to ease on Wednesday morning

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:20 , Katie Hawkinson

Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect the severe rain and winds to subside by Wednesday morning.

Through Tuesday night, severe thunderstorms will continue to impact the southern coast and heavy snow will continue to fall in California’s mountain regions.

The severe weather impacting California will begin to subside on Wednesday (National Weather Service)
The severe weather impacting California will begin to subside on Wednesday (National Weather Service)

SEE IT: Massive tree falls in Los Angeles neighbourhood, damaging cars and power lines

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Officials clean up a large tree that fell in a Los Angeles neighbourhood, damaging vehicles and power lines on 19 February 2024 (Getty Images)
Officials clean up a large tree that fell in a Los Angeles neighbourhood, damaging vehicles and power lines on 19 February 2024 (Getty Images)
High winds and heavy rain caused trees like this one to fall throughout California, causing damage to property and power lines (Getty Images)
High winds and heavy rain caused trees like this one to fall throughout California, causing damage to property and power lines (Getty Images)
Less than 7,000 people across California are without power as of Tuesday (Getty Images)
Less than 7,000 people across California are without power as of Tuesday (Getty Images)

Mudslide damages roadside fence in Los Angeles

Tuesday 20 February 2024 15:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Officials closed part of Interstate 5 in Los Angeles, California to complete repairs on a fence damaged by a mudslide on Monday.

With California soils already over-saturated from a brutal storm earlier this month, the risk of mudslides is high as the state battles yet another heavy spell of rain.

Several roads blocked in Santa Barbara

Tuesday 20 February 2024 15:20 , Katie Hawkinson

Flooding and mudslides have blocked several roadways in Santa Barbara, California, according to the county’s Public Works Department.

These blockages come as several waterfront neighbourhoods in the county face evacuation warnings as heavy rain increases the risk of flooding.

A blocked roadway in Santa Barbara County, California on 19 February 2024 (Santa Barbara County Public Works Department)
A blocked roadway in Santa Barbara County, California on 19 February 2024 (Santa Barbara County Public Works Department)
A flooded roadway in Santa Barbara County, California on 19 February 2024 (Santa Barbara County Public Works Department)
A flooded roadway in Santa Barbara County, California on 19 February 2024 (Santa Barbara County Public Works Department)

Some evacuation orders in cancelled in Santa Barbara County

Tuesday 20 February 2024 15:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Officials have lifted evacuation orders for certain waterfront neighbourhoods in Santa Barbara County.

The move comes after the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management issued the orders for several neighbourhoods on Monday morning. Other residential areas remain under the orders, which could last until Wednesday as rain and flood risks persist.

Landslides reported in Southern California

Tuesday 20 February 2024 14:28 , Katie Hawkinson

Landslides are already impacting Southern California amid this week’s torrential downpour, Fox Weather reports.

This comes after Los Angeles alone saw 400 mudslides earlier this month from a historic series of atmospheric storms that battered the state.

ICYMI: Several neighbourhoods under evacuation warnings in Santa Barbara County

Tuesday 20 February 2024 14:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation warnings for waterfront neighbourhoods as a destructive storm hits the region.

The warnings come amid threats of flash flooding and landslides from excessive rain, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. The risk will persist through Wednesday.

Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation warnings, indicated in orange, for several neighbourhoods (Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management)
Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation warnings, indicated in orange, for several neighbourhoods (Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management)

IN PICTURES: Road closures, flooding on Southern California freeways on Monday morning

Tuesday 20 February 2024 13:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Heavy rain pours down on US-101 in Ventura, California on Monday morning (California Department of Transportation)
Heavy rain pours down on US-101 in Ventura, California on Monday morning (California Department of Transportation)
Cones and signs block off a portion os US-101 in Ventura, California as heavy rain pours down (California Department of Transportation)
Cones and signs block off a portion os US-101 in Ventura, California as heavy rain pours down (California Department of Transportation)
Rushing floodwaters pour onto US-101 in Ventura, California (California Department of Transportation)
Rushing floodwaters pour onto US-101 in Ventura, California (California Department of Transportation)

ICYMI: Los Angeles officials prepare shelters for unhoused people amid storm

Tuesday 20 February 2024 12:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Los Angeles city officials have opened winter weather shelters for unhoused people as a powerful storm hits the region, according to a statement from Mayor Karen Bass.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority outreach workers will also be offering transportation and hotel vouchers, the statement reads.

Earlier this month, the city faced heavy criticism from community organisers over their efforts to protect the unhoused population during a record-breaking storm.

“[The system] is not designed to help anyone that’s actually out there… It was such an abysmal response,” community organiser Carla Orendorff told The Independent several days ago.

Read more about Ms Orendorff’s response and the impact of storms on unhoused people in Los Angeles, California from Mike Bedigan:

LA authorities’ response to homeless citizens during California storms ‘abysmal’

ICYMI: Watch as floodwaters rush through Santa Barbara County

Tuesday 20 February 2024 11:00 , Katie Hawkinson

ICYMI: California residents survey damage caused by historic storms: ‘We were in shock’

Tuesday 20 February 2024 09:00 , Katie Hawkinson

During torrential downpours earlier this month, firefighters responded to a heavy debris flow in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles, evacuating seven homes.

Residents told Mike Bedigan they had “not even remotely had anything like this before”.

Read more:

SEE IT: High surf slams California’s Bay Area on Monday afternoon

Tuesday 20 February 2024 07:00 , Katie Hawkinson

SEE IT: Satellite imagery of ‘gravity waves’ rippling across California as storm blows through the state

Tuesday 20 February 2024 05:01 , Katie Hawkinson

What are supercells, the weather phenomena forming over California today?

Tuesday 20 February 2024 04:27 , Io Dodds

Supercells are beginning to form over California today, worsening an already severe weather situation in the state.

Supercells are storm systems that generate rotating winds and a strong updraft — meaning they can cause both hail and tornadoes in the regions they impact.

These supercells come as parts of California are already under tornado threats — and heavy thunderstorms are threatening much of the state.

Tornado warnings expire for seven California towns

Tuesday 20 February 2024 03:41 , Io Dodds

As of 7pm Pacific Time, the latest bulletin from the National Weather Service (NWS) remains largely unchanged from earlier this afternoon.

"Gusty southerly winds will continue thru early this evening, especially over the Ventura County and LA County mountains and the Antelope Valley, where wind advisories remain in effect until 6pm," the NWS said.

"Additional rainfall tonight through Wed morning is expected to be highest over LA County, with 1.5 to three inches for the coast and valleys, and two to four inches in the mountains, with most of the rain falling tonight through Tue.

"Tornado warnings for Meadow Valley, Belden, Tobin, Kelly Ridge, Berry Creek, and Meadow Valley, had expired as of 4:30pm local time, according to the NWS's tornado-focused account on X (formerly Twitter).

A tornado warning for Georgetown in northeastern California also expired at 6:45pm, according to the NWS's Sacramento branch.

Road closures hit all over LA County

Tuesday 20 February 2024 03:18 , Io Dodds

Numerous roads have been closed and residential areas evacuated due to the risk of floods and mudflows.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department issued an evacuation warning for some parts of Santa Maria Road near Topanga Canyon, northwest of the city proper, lasting through 9am on Wednesday.

Residents should prepare to evacuated rapidly if the situation worsens, the department said, while those who would need extra time (such as people with pets and livestock) should leave immediately.

Los Angeles County officials also issued an alert for debris flows in the northern San Fernando Valley, saying evacuations may be ordered if conditions require it.

Part of Mullholland Drive remained closed to through traffic on Monday evening following landslides earlier this month, while the Pacific Coast Highway will be closed between 6pm and 7am every night between Sycamore Canyon Road and Las Posas Road in Ventura County.

Southern California rainfall total approaches 10 inches in some areas

Tuesday 20 February 2024 03:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Over the last two days, nearly 10 inches of rain fell in Santa Barbara County, California, according to the National Weather Service. Other nearby counties mostly saw 6-8 inches of rain.

Several Santa Barbara County neighbourhoods are under evacuation warnings as rain continues, brining threats of flash floods.

ICYMI: Wind gusts hit over 60 miles per hour this weekend

Tuesday 20 February 2024 02:00 , Katie Hawkinson

As a brutal storm blows into California, wind gusts peaked at 61 miles per hour in the state’s southern region yesterday.

Meanwhile, Santa Rosa island, just off the state’s coast, saw peak gusts of 63 miles per hour.

Elsewhere in Southern California, wind gusts peaked in the 40s and 50s, according to the National Weather Service. Gusts are only expected to worsen as the storm blows through the state until Wednesday.

The National Weather Service recorded the peak wind gusts over 24 hours from 18 February 2024 to 19 February 2024 (National Weather Service)
The National Weather Service recorded the peak wind gusts over 24 hours from 18 February 2024 to 19 February 2024 (National Weather Service)

ICYMI: Fresh concerns for LA County about this week’s atmospheric river storms

Tuesday 20 February 2024 01:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Weather officials said there is “concern” for Los Angeles County ahead of today’s new atmospheric river weather system that threatens to bring more potential destruction to the area.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Los Angeles says that overly saturated ground – a result of recent poor weather and flooding – may raise the chances of further landslides in and around LA.

California was previously battered by similar weather systems, during which nine people were killed, and billions of dollars worth of damage was incurred.

Read more about officials’ concerns about today’s storm from Mike Bedigan:

Fresh concerns for LA County ahead of new California atmospheric river storms

ICYMI: Ten inches of snow in California mountains

Tuesday 20 February 2024 00:00 , Katie Hawkinson

More than ten inches of snow hit the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, according to the University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab. Another two feet could blanket the region by Wednesday morning.

Ten inches of snow fell in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains (University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab)
Ten inches of snow fell in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains (University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab)

IN PICTURES: Rain pelts Los Angeles, California on Monday afternoon

Monday 19 February 2024 23:00 , Katie Hawkinson

A woman walks with an umbrella in Los Angeles on 19 February 2024 (AP)
A woman walks with an umbrella in Los Angeles on 19 February 2024 (AP)
People walk on Hollywood Boulevard during a heavy downpour on 19 February 2024 (Getty Images)
People walk on Hollywood Boulevard during a heavy downpour on 19 February 2024 (Getty Images)
Cars drive through torrential rain on US-101 in Los Angeles on 19 February 2024 (Getty Images)
Cars drive through torrential rain on US-101 in Los Angeles on 19 February 2024 (Getty Images)

Monday’s storm follows month of historic weather for California

Monday 19 February 2024 22:40 , Katie Hawkinson

This week’s storm comes after a month of devastating weather in California

The slow-moving atmospheric river that was finally moving out of California nearly two weeks ago unleashed record rainfall, triple-digit winds and hundreds of mudslides.

Here is the historic storm by the numbers:

Record rainfall, triple-digit winds, hundreds of mudslides. Here's California's storm by the numbers

SEE IT: Floodwaters rush through town in Santa Barbara County

Monday 19 February 2024 22:20 , Katie Hawkinson

Storm has potential to produce waterspout

Monday 19 February 2024 22:00 , Katie Hawkinson

A storm cell forming off the central coast of California could form a waterspout, Bay Area meteorologist Rob Mayeda said on X.

A waterspout is essentially a whirling column of air and mist, resembling a tornado, that forms over water.

ICYMI: Beverly Hills, West Hollywood under flash flood warnings

Monday 19 February 2024 21:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Some of California’s most iconic — and wealthiest — cities are under flash flood warnings until 6 pm local time, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 800,000 people across Malibu, Calabasas, Beverly Hills, Topanga, West Hollywood and other southern California cities are under the warnings.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles and the surrounding Southern California region saw a similar storm that brought hundreds of landslides and intense flooding.

Santa Barbara airport cancels several flights

Monday 19 February 2024 21:20 , Katie Hawkinson

50 per cent of departing flights on Monday out of Santa Barbara Municipal Airport have been cancelled so far, according to FlightAware. Meanwhile, 51 per cent of flights arriving at the airport have been cancelled.

In total, 34 flights arriving or departing the small airport have been cancelled.

These cancellations come as some Santa Barbara neighbourhoods face evacuation warnings due to the risk of flash flooding amid heavy rain.

Southern California rainfall total approaches 10 inches in some areas

Monday 19 February 2024 21:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Over the last two days, nearly 10 inches of rain fell in Santa Barbara County, California, according to the National Weather Service. Other nearby counties mostly saw 6-8 inches of rain.

Several Santa Barbara County neighbourhoods are under evacuation warnings as rain continues, brining threats of flash floods.

Floodwaters rush through Montecito, a town in Santa Barbara County, on 19 February 2024 (Montecito Fire Department)
Floodwaters rush through Montecito, a town in Santa Barbara County, on 19 February 2024 (Montecito Fire Department)

Floodwaters rush through California town

Monday 19 February 2024 20:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Footage from the Montecito, California Fire Department shows floodwaters rushing through the streets of the town.

The town is located in Santa Barbara County, where officials have issued evacuation warnings to several waterfront neighbourhoods due to the threat of flash flooding from today’s deluge.

“Stay off the roads if you can and definitely do not go around road closed signs,” Montecito Fire Department officials said on X.

What are supercells, the weather phenomena forming over California today?

Monday 19 February 2024 20:20 , Katie Hawkinson

Supercells are beginning to form over California today, worsening an already severe weather situation in the state.

Supercells are storm systems that generate rotating winds and a strong updraft — meaning they can cause both hail and tornadoes in the regions they impact.

These supercells come as parts of California are already under tornado threats — and heavy thunderstorms are threatening much of the state.

SEE IT: Storm blows across California, putting millions under weather alerts

Monday 19 February 2024 20:01 , Katie Hawkinson

ICYMI: Several neighbourhoods under evacuation warnings in Santa Barbara County

Monday 19 February 2024 19:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation warnings for waterfront neighbourhoods as a destructive storm hits the region.

The warnings come amid threats of flash flooding and landslides from excessive rain, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. The risk will persist through Wednesday.

Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation warnings, indicated in orange, for several neighbourhoods (Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management)
Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation warnings, indicated in orange, for several neighbourhoods (Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management)

ICYMI: Fresh concerns for LA County about this week’s atmospheric river storms

Monday 19 February 2024 19:20 , Katie Hawkinson

Weather officials said there is “concern” for Los Angeles County ahead of today’s new atmospheric river weather system that threatens to bring more potential destruction to the area.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Los Angeles says that overly saturated ground – a result of recent poor weather and flooding – may raise the chances of further landslides in and around LA.

California was previously battered by similar weather systems, during which nine people were killed, and billions of dollars worth of damage was incurred.

Read more about officials’ concerns about today’s storm from Mike Bedigan:

Fresh concerns for LA County ahead of new California atmospheric river storms

Northern California reports 5% probability of tornadoes

Monday 19 February 2024 19:00 , Katie Hawkinson

There is a 5 per cent probability of tornadoes, severe hail and severe wind in northern California today, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Forecasters are also predicting severe, isolated thunderstorms with medium confidence in the region. The worst impacts are set to hit before 12 pm local time on Monday, the NWS warns.

Power outages, flooded roadways and landslides are all major hazards facing northern California residents as these storms strike. Officials are warning residents to stay weather aware and prepare for potential hazards.

SEE IT: High surf slams California’s Bay Area

Monday 19 February 2024 18:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Ten inches of snow in California mountains

Monday 19 February 2024 18:20 , Katie Hawkinson

More than ten inches of snow hit the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, according to the University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab. Another two feet could blanket the region by Wednesday morning.

Ten inches of snow fell in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains (University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab)
Ten inches of snow fell in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains (University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab)

High-elevation residents should avoid driving, officials warn, as heavy snowfall could create whiteout conditions.

WATCH: San Diego rain forecast through Wednesday

Monday 19 February 2024 18:00 , Katie Hawkinson

SEE IT: Road closures, flooding on Southern California freeways

Monday 19 February 2024 17:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Heavy rain pours down on US-101 in Ventura, California on Monday morning (California Department of Transportation)
Heavy rain pours down on US-101 in Ventura, California on Monday morning (California Department of Transportation)
Cones and signs block off a portion os US-101 in Ventura, California as heavy rain pours down (California Department of Transportation)
Cones and signs block off a portion os US-101 in Ventura, California as heavy rain pours down (California Department of Transportation)
Rushing floodwaters pour onto US-101 in Ventura, California (California Department of Transportation)
Rushing floodwaters pour onto US-101 in Ventura, California (California Department of Transportation)

Wind gusts hit over 60 miles per hour this weekend

Monday 19 February 2024 17:20 , Katie Hawkinson

As a brutal storm blows into California, wind gusts peaked at 61 miles per hour in the state’s southern region yesterday.

Meanwhile, Santa Rosa island, just off the state’s coast, saw peak gusts of 63 miles per hour.

Elsewhere in Southern California, wind gusts peaked in the 40s and 50s, according to the National Weather Service.

Gusts are only expected to worsen as the storm blows through the state starting today and lasting through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service recorded the peak wind gusts over 24 hours from 18 February 2024 to 19 February 2024 (National Weather Service)
The National Weather Service recorded the peak wind gusts over 24 hours from 18 February 2024 to 19 February 2024 (National Weather Service)

Beverly Hills, West Hollywood under flash flood warnings

Monday 19 February 2024 17:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Some of California’s most iconic — and wealthiest — cities are under flash flood warnings until 6 pm local time, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 800,000 people across Malibu, Calabasas, Beverly Hills, Topanga, West Hollywood and other southern California cities are under the warnings.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles and the surrounding Southern California region saw a similar storm that brought hundreds of landslides and intense flooding.

Several neighbourhoods under evacuation warnings in Santa Barbara County

Monday 19 February 2024 16:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation warnings for waterfront neighbourhoods as a destructive storm hits the region.

The warnings come amid threats of flash flooding and landslides from excessive rain, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. The risk will persist through Wednesday.

Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation warnings, indicated in orange, for several neighbourhoods (Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management)
Santa Barbara County officials have issued evacuation warnings, indicated in orange, for several neighbourhoods (Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management)

This risk for floods and landslides comes after a tumultuous storm earlier this month that caused hundreds of landslides in Los Angeles alone. Soils remain saturated from the previous rainstorm, the National Weather Service said, increasing the risk for flooding and muslides this week.

Northern California to see heavy thunderstorms, possible tornadoes in coming hours

Monday 19 February 2024 16:20 , Katie Hawkinson

Severe thunderstorms and heavy winds are set to hit the Sacramento, California region in the next two hours.

Residents should prepare for brief tornadoes, hail, rain, lightning and heavy gusts, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters predict up to 6 inches of rain in the region through Wednesday. Up to eight inches of snow are also possible in California’s northeastern mountain ranges, bringing the possibility of whiteouts for mountain drivers.

The National Weather Service said tornadoes are possible in northern California today (National Weather Service)
The National Weather Service said tornadoes are possible in northern California today (National Weather Service)

Los Angeles officials prepare shelters for unhoused people amid storm

Monday 19 February 2024 16:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Los Angeles city officials have opened winter weather shelters for unhoused people as a powerful storm hits the region, according to a statement from Mayor Karen Bass.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority outreach workers will also be offering transportation and hotel vouchers, the statement reads.

Earlier this month, the city faced heavy criticism from community organisers over their efforts to protect the unhoused population during a record-breaking storm.

“[The system] is not designed to help anyone that’s actually out there… It was such an abysmal response,” community organiser Carla Orendorff told The Independent several days ago.Read more about Ms Orendorff’s response and the impact of storms on unhoused people in Los Angeles, California from Mike Bedigan:

LA authorities’ response to homeless citizens during California storms ‘abysmal’

Power outages begin

Monday 19 February 2024 15:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Across California, officials are warning residents to prepare for power outages as they brace for heavy rain and wind in several regions.

As of Monday morning, nearly 20,000 homes are already without power, according to PowerOutage.us. The vast majority of those homes are in Nevada County, which is being hit with heavy rain and wind this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

More outages across the state are to be expected as weather conditions intensify through Wednesday morning.

SEE IT: Heavy rain in San Francisco, California

Monday 19 February 2024 15:20 , Katie Hawkinson

San Francisco saw heavy rain and winds on Sunday night as the first clouds of the upcoming storm rolled into California.

Gusts up to 50 miles per hour, as well as thunderstorms and flooding, are expected throughout Monday in the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rain and subsequent flooding hit San Francisco, California on Sunday (Anadolu via Getty Images)
Heavy rain and subsequent flooding hit San Francisco, California on Sunday (Anadolu via Getty Images)

California mountains could see up to ten inches of rain

Monday 19 February 2024 15:06 , Katie Hawkinson

The Saint Lucias and Saint Ynez Ranges could see up to ten inches of rain through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Up to three inches of snow is also possible in the region.

Officials are warning residents to prepare for significant flooding as a result of the downpour and to move parked cars out of flood-prone areas.

SEE IT: Satellite imagery of storm barreling towards West Coast

Monday 19 February 2024 14:40 , Katie Hawkinson

California residents survey damage caused by historic storms: ‘We were in shock’

Monday 19 February 2024 14:21 , Katie Hawkinson

During torrential downpours earlier this month, firefighters responded to a heavy debris flow in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles, evacuating seven homes.

Residents told Mike Bedigan they had “not even remotely had anything like this before”.

Read the full report here:

California residents survey damage caused by historic storms: ‘We were in shock’

Fresh concerns for LA County ahead of new California atmospheric river storms

Monday 19 February 2024 14:00 , Mike Bedigan

Weather officials say there is “concern” for Los Angeles County ahead of a new atmospheric river weather system that threatens to bring more potential destruction to the area.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Los Angeles says that overly saturated ground – a result of recent poor weather and flooding – may raise the chances of further landslides in and around LA.

California was previously battered by similar weather systems, during which nine people were killed, and billions of dollars worth of damage was incurred.

Fresh concerns for LA County ahead of new California atmospheric river storms

Watch: Rock landslide covers street with trees and debris in California

Monday 19 February 2024 13:00 , Mike Bedigan

In pictures: Scenes of destruction in California

Monday 19 February 2024 12:00 , Mike Bedigan

Across California, residents were still battling the impacts of last week’s atmospheric river-driven storms which caused flash flooding and hundreds of devastating mudslides.

An SUV sits buried by a mudslide, Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles (AP)
An SUV sits buried by a mudslide, Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles (AP)
The remains of a piano and a collapsed carport are what's left of a house demolished by mud flows caused by heavy rains in the Beverly Glen section of Los Angeles (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
The remains of a piano and a collapsed carport are what's left of a house demolished by mud flows caused by heavy rains in the Beverly Glen section of Los Angeles (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Cars are seen buried by mud in the garage of a home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Cars are seen buried by mud in the garage of a home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
A local resident checks the damage to her neighbor's house after heavy rains and mud flows caused it to slide down from the hill in Beverly Glen (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
A local resident checks the damage to her neighbor's house after heavy rains and mud flows caused it to slide down from the hill in Beverly Glen (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
A woman stands among the wreckage of a house that was abruptly destroyed by a landslide as a historic atmospheric river storm inundates the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, California, on February 6, (AFP via Getty Images)
A woman stands among the wreckage of a house that was abruptly destroyed by a landslide as a historic atmospheric river storm inundates the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, California, on February 6, (AFP via Getty Images)