The West Coast is getting ready for another gigantic storm as an ‘atmospheric river’ – a high-altitude current of dense moisture – is expected to bring pouring rains and more flooding to northern and central California, beginning on Wednesday. Heavy snow was also forecast to return to the Sierra Nevada mountains on Wednesday, along with coastal rain and higher-elevation snow in the Pacific Northwest.
Northern California is still recuperating from a weekend Pacific storm that produced floods, mudslides, power outages, and road closures. This time, the high winds along with the latest collection of approaching downpours could uproot trees and knock down tree limbs, resulting in more blackouts.
10,000 homes and businesses in northern California were without electricity early on Tuesday night, data fromshowed.
San Francisco seems to be precisely in the firing line and is getting ready for the storm to be cataclysmic after it was already barraged with floods and mudslides on New Year’s Eve. San Franciscans lined up with their cars and hurried to get sandbags outside of the Department of Public Works on Tuesday.
‘This will likely be one of the most impactful systems on a widespread scale that this meteorologist has seen in a long while,’ the National Weather Service’s Bay Area office said. ‘This is truly a brutal system that we are looking at and needs to be taken seriously.’
‘The impacts will include widespread flooding, roads washing out, hillside collapsing, trees down (potentially full groves), widespread power outages, immediate disruption to commerce, and the worst of all, likely loss of human life.’
The first course of rain is anticipated to move into the region early on Wednesday morning with the second wave coming between 2 and 9pm. Fifteen million people are readying themselves to be impacted by the upcoming storm that is expected to hit Wednesday afternoon, all the way from California to Wisconsin, continuing through Thursday night or early Friday. On Tuesday the line of cars waiting to get free sandbags at the San Francisco public works yard stretched down the street.