Storms Pound California With Record Rainfall, Disastrous Flooding That Wrangles Roads, Forces Evacuations

  • Nearly 100,000 residents were under evacuation orders or warnings Tuesday morning. Some 49,000 were under evacuation orders; the orders were in effect for Santa Cruz County in the north and parts of Santa Barbara County, including the city of Montecito, in the south.
  • “Nearly all of California has seen much above average rainfall totals over the past several weeks, with totals 400-600% above average values,” the NWS Weather Prediction Center said early Tuesday morning.
  • The storm has dramatically impacted travel across the state as well. Dozens of roads across the state were closed or damaged by the storm.
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