California floods: Man catches huge fish in middle of road
Weather chaos in California wreaked havoc across the state last weekend.
Heavy rain forced 10,000 people to evacuate their homes in Fresno County on Saturday, hit Monterey and Tuolumne counties with flash flooding, quarter-sized hail and a series of rare tornado warnings.
The flooding left roads and highways under such deep stretches of water that one man in Watsonville was filmed pulling a nearly two-foot-long fish out of the water between commutes. A family of ducks was even spotted swimming across a washed-out stretch of Interstate 580 in Oakland.
A man was swept away in his car by rushing water along the Salinas River near Monterey County and remained trapped on a patch of land in the midst of the flood. Dramatic footage showed him stranded and isolated before being rescued by helicopter.
In the north, heavy snow continued to blanket the state, and dozens of communities were left without power and forced to dig themselves out of piles.
The man ended up on a piece of land in the flooded Salinas River. He was rescued by helicopter
Dangerous flooding on the Tule River in California on March 10
Record snowfall continued across the state. Above is a snow cloud on March 11
The storms became the state’s 10th atmospheric river to ravage the state this winter.
Although Sunday brought light showers in some parts of the state, forecasts call for more disaster as another atmospheric river is expected this week.
“It’s hard to say we have another one on the way,” Weather FOX said Jane Minar. “We will see a brief break as we spend your day on Sunday as isolated showers continue to move across the northern tier [California].’
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned of heavy rain Monday, creating a risk of flooding from San Francisco to Sacramento.
By Tuesday, the rains are expected to move south, creating a risk of flooding in central California.
“Precipitation is expected to bring another significant flood threat to elevations below 5,000 feet in Northern and Central California,” FOX Weather predicts. “Forecast models are showing one to three inches of rain in many localities, with some places, especially along the coast and in the foothills, possibly getting more.”
The storm is expected to continue through Wednesday.
Helicopter crews pick up a man who was swept away by floodwaters on the Salinas River
California’s Interstate 580 in Oakland was flooded by rain Friday morning
Ducks can be seen swimming in flood waters on Interstate 580 in Oakland
A flooded parking lot in Springville, California, on March 11
A playground submerged in water on March 10 in Kernville, California
This storm could bring even more snow to the already flooded high mountains and more flooding at lower elevations.
“During the week, we will see additional rounds of rain and heavy mountain snow across much of Northern and Central California,” National Weather Service meteorologist David Lawrence said.
“This is the craziest storm I know,” said Blake Howser of Grass Valley, a mountainside community. Guardian. “It was relentless — it snowed and snowed and snowed.”
“And we’re also likely to see that weather pattern continue as we move into finally the first half of next week.”
One to three inches of rain is forecast for coastal areas and valleys. KTLA reports, while mountain and foothill communities could see three to six inches.
Crews on the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday tried to clean up water pouring from the ceiling at the Dolby Theater before celebrities arrived on the new champagne-colored carpet after weeks of devastating storms.
On Sunday afternoon, water could be seen dripping through the red curtains that serve as the ceiling for the glitzy event and onto the carpet where actors, directors and producers will soon pose for photos.
Members of the Academy’s anti-drop team tried to relieve the puddles that formed on the red curtains with giant poles, ABC 7 reports before placing buckets to catch the drip. Fortunately, the champagne carpet had been rolled out ahead of the event.
House on the banks of the Tule River covered in floodwaters and mud brought in by the flash flood
Cars die in flooding in California. The state was ravaged by rains last week
Handfuls of quarter-sized hail struck parts of California over the weekend
The giant hail that hit California during the weekend’s severe storms
Emergency responders and the California National Guard rescued more than 50 people over the weekend. One video showed a Guardsman helping the driver out of the car, which was waist-deep in water.
In Tulare County, the sheriff ordered residents living near the Tule River to evacuate, and people near Poso Creek in Kern County were under an evacuation advisory.
National Weather Service meteorologists issued flood warnings and advisories, asking motorists to stay off flooded roads.
In San Francisco, an 85-ft a eucalyptus tree fell on the Trocadero club building early Saturday morning. The 1892 clubhouse, a historic San Francisco landmark, was badly damaged, with part of the roof blown off and the interior flooded.
In recent weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared states of emergency in 34 counties, and the Biden administration approved a presidential disaster declaration for some on Friday morning, which will bring more federal aid.
The high elevations of California continue to receive large amounts of snow
In California, after a record snowfall in recent days, there are fewer people than in snowdrifts
A snow-covered window in California on March 11 after record snowfall
The Academy Awards statue is covered to keep out the rain ahead of Sunday’s ceremony