Tornado warning issued in California after storm death toll rises to nine: Latest

Toppled tree falls on roof of California house as state battles floods and landslides

The death toll has increased to at least nine people from California’s severe storms, officials said.

The storm, which has unleashed biblical proportions of rain this week, was expected to continue impacting the state through Friday. Tornado and hail warnings were issued for parts of the central coast, including Morro Bay and Los Osos.

Four people were killed in California by falling trees, the Office of Emergency Management said. Three were killed in vehicle collisions in the Bay area. Another fatality was caused by a vehicle being swept away in a flood channel. An individual died while trying to cross the US-Mexico border across the Tijuana River.

Officials warned residents not to let their guards down on Wednesday. Los Angeles mayor Karen Bass asked residents to be prepared, and warned about the risk of saturated hillsides. “We cannot drop our guard,” she said.

The storm, caused by a massive atmospheric river, has led to one of the wettest periods in southern California’s record.

More rainfall is expected tonight in Los Angeles and San Diego Countries as rain continues to move downward from central California. Officials are urging residents to check the news Thursday morning before commuting.

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Hail, tornado warnings issued for California central coast

The National Weather Service has issued tornado and hail warnings for residents in Morro Bay and Los Osos. While pea-sized hail and 55mph winds are possible in Atascadero CA, Morro Bay CA and Cayucos CA until 4.15 PM PST.

The tornado warning has only been issued for 4.15pm

Michelle Del Rey7 February 2024 23:54

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A Los Angeles school is set to reopen after it was closed due to heavy rainfall.

Officials announced that Topanga Elementary Charter School will reopen following heavy rainfall this week. The Los Angeles Unified School District confirmed the news in a post to X, formerly Twitter.

The campus will be open from 7.30am. Parents and guardians should call the school if they have any questions. Another Los Angeles school, Vinedale College Prepatory Academy closed this week due to weather conditions but reopened on Wednesday.

Michelle Del Rey7 February 2024 23:40

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Officials worried death toll could increase once water recedes

Officials are concerned the death toll could increase once water in Los Angeles County recedes. However, that could take days, according to the Los Angeles Times, as rainfall is expected to persist through Wednesday.

So far, the death toll is nine.

Three were killed in vehicle collisions in the Bay area. Another fatality was caused by a vehicle being swept away in a flood channel. An individual died while trying to cross the US-Mexico border across the Tijuana River.

Michelle Del Rey7 February 2024 23:20

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Residents in Los Angeles County to experience rain from 6pm

Residents in Los Angeles County should prepare for rain starting at 6pm through midnight as rainfall moves south from San Luis Obispo County.

Michelle Del Rey7 February 2024 23:00

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Another ‘burst’ of rain to be expected in San Diego

The National Weather Service in San Diego County is telling residents to prepare for another burst of rain on Wednesday evening.

Most of the rain is across the foothills and the mountains, Alex Tardy, of the County Emergency Operations Center, said. Rainfall is expected to increase between 9pm to 3am PST. Tricky travel conditions are likely on I-8, he said.

The rain will start in Oceanside and Carlsbad and will get down to San Diego by midnight. The area could see a half inch or inch of rain, meaning additional flooding could occur in urban areas.

Officials are urging commuters to check the news for reports before leaving their homes. On Thursday, residents can expect isolated showers.

Michelle Del Rey7 February 2024 22:38

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Millions of gallons of raw sewage spills into Pacific after heaving flooding in California

On Monday, Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr Anissa Davis, ordered all recreational swimming areas temporarily closed for water contact due to two separate sewage spills.

Sewage had also leaked into the Compton Creek leading to the Los Angeles River, the release added.

In addition to the spill in Rancho Dominguez – located between Compton and Long Beach – another 40,000 gallons of sewage were reported to have spilled in the City of Commerce. Mike Bedigan reports.

Floodwaters pour into Pacific Ocean

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Louise Boyle7 February 2024 22:04

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Floodwater pours into Pacific Ocean

Drone footage captured floodwater pouring into the Pacific Ocean after California was drenched by record rainfall.

A deadly storm, the second “Pineapple Express” weather system to sweep the West Coast in less than a week, triggered street flooding and mudslides throughout the region.

At Dana Point, to the south of Los Angeles, floodwaters emptied into the ocean on Tuesday.

“You can see all those brown floodwaters filtering into the bright blue Pacific Ocean,” Dr Reed Timmer, an extreme meteorologist, said.

Floodwaters pour into Pacific Ocean after record rainfall drenches California

Drone footage captures floodwater running into the Pacific Ocean, after California was drenched by record rainfall. A deadly storm, the second “Pineapple Express” weather system to sweep the West Coast in less than a week, dumped torrential rain over Southern California, triggering street flooding and mudslides throughout the region. Downtown Los Angeles was drenched by 7.44cm of rain on Monday, surpassing a record for the day set in 1901. In Dana Point, to the south of LA, floodwaters emptied into the ocean on Tuesday. “You can see all those brown floodwaters filtering into the bright blue Pacific Ocean,” Dr Reed Timmer, an extreme meteorologist, said.

Louise Boyle7 February 2024 21:16

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Huge rockslide comes down on California highway

A huge mud and rockslide has – once again – blocked State Route 33 in California, public officials warned on Wednesday. The California Department of Transportation share an image of the two-lane road which hugs the mountainside, around 25 miles of Ojai.

SR-33 is a north-south highway which runs from Route 101 in Ventura through southern California’s Transverse mountain range to the city of Tracy, close to Modesto.

Louise Boyle7 February 2024 21:06

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Watch: California: Dogs ride speedboat to safety after overflowing river traps them on island

California: Dogs ride speedboat to safety after overflowing river traps them on island

Louise Boyle7 February 2024 20:44

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Nine dead from storm

The death toll has increased to at least nine people from California’s severe storms, officials said.

Four people were killed in California by falling trees, the Office of Emergency Management said. Three were killed in vehicle collisions in the Bay area.

Another fatality was caused by a vehicle being swept away in a flood channel. An individual died while trying to cross the US-Mexico border across the Tijuana River.

Louise Boyle7 February 2024 20:38

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