Rain-soaked Californians are getting another round of storms over the weekend that threaten more flooding, landslides, hail and heavy mountain snow.
The stormy weather came as recovery efforts continue in the state, which has been battered by atmospheric river storms since late December, leaving at least 19 people dead.
A 5-year-old boy also was still missing Saturday after being swept out of his mother’s car by flood waters earlier in the week. Local authorities temporarily suspended the search for the boy, Kyle Doan, Saturday afternoon due to “unsuitable” weather, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.
Forecasts show rain hitting rural areas in Northern California particularly hard this weekend. Previous storms have soaked and damaged the heavily populated San Francisco Bay area and surrounding coastal communities.
“Each round of rain falling on top of saturated and unstable ground will enhance the risk of new landslides and debris flows,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Reneé Duff said.
There were already reports Saturday of significant flooding in parts of Napa County, the heart of Northern California’s wine region, according to the county’s sheriff’s office. Flood warnings were issued north of San Francisco Bay, including Napa, Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. A mudslide prompted road closures near Dublin, California., according to the California Highway Patrol.
FLOOD ADVISORY issued for #LosAngeles county thru 315 PM.
Hourly rain rates between 0.25 and” 0.40″ will continue thru the afternoon.
Minor urban and small stream flooding likely. Minor mud and debris flows possible in and around recent burn areas. #CAwx
Atmospheric rivers, sometimes called “rivers in the sky,” form when a line of warm, moist air, usually coming from near islands across the Pacific Ocean to the West Coast, falls as heavy rain when it reaches cooler air over land.
Another atmospheric river is expected to hit the state Monday.
“I know how fatigued you all are,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday, urging caution ahead of incoming storms. “Just maintain a little more vigilance over the course of the next weekend.”
The storm is expected to peak Saturday as it moves inland throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.
“People will become complacent, but the ground is saturated. It is extremely, extremely dangerous,” Nancy Ward, the director of the governor’s emergency services office said at a Friday news conference. “And that water can continue to rise well after the storms have passed.”
Officials have already begun damage assessments, which are expected to surpass $1 billion.
As heavy rain, mudslides and hurricane-force winds have walloped the state, California has seen homes flooded, roofs torn off houses, levees breached, cars submerged and trees uprooted.
About 14 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Ventura River in southern California as a result of the storms, according to Ventura County health officials. Two sewer lines also leaked into San Antonio Creek this week due to storm damage.
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California, long plagued by drought, has reported a total of more than nine inches of rainfall on average across the state over the last 18 days. Some parts of the state have already met their average annual rainfalls, Lawrence said.
President Joe Biden on Monday issued an emergency declaration to support the storm response in more than a dozen counties. But Newsom has said he is still waiting on Biden to declare a major disaster declaration that would provide more resources.
As severe weather continues to besiege California, the South is recovering from a series of deadly tornadoes.
Recovery efforts continued into the weekend after numerous tornadoes tore through the South, killing at least nine people in Alabama and Georgia.
Residents salvaged belongings Friday, and rescue teams searched for survivors among the rubble, sometimes digging into collapsed homes to free trapped residents.
The massive storm system Thursday flipped mobile homes, uprooted trees, collapsed buildings, snapped utility poles and derailed a freight train.
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Tornado damage was reported in at least 14 counties in Alabama and 14 in Georgia, according to the National Weather Service. At least 35 possible tornado touchdowns were reported across the Southeast, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said.
Meteorologists say it may take days to fully understand the strength of the storm.
Among those killed in the storm was a Georgia Department of Transportation worker and a 5-year-old child who was riding in a vehicle hit by a falling tree in Georgia, officials said.
The child was identified as Egan Jeffcoat by his grandmother, ABC News reported. His mother, Tabatha Anglin, wasn’t injured, the grandmother said, but another adult in the car had critical injuries, Butts County officials previously said.
A fundraiser for Egan’s mother had raised nearly $20,000 Saturday. His mother had picked him up early from school so they could make it home before the storm, but a tree fell on the car, killing Egan, according to the fundraiser, which was verified by GoFundMe.
“His mom was a single mom, and Egan was her entire world,” the fundraiser reads.
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Contributing: Marty Roney, Montgomery Advertiser; The Associated Press
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