California Prepare to suffer “catastrophic floods” This weekend, meteorologists warned, such as It was the eighth storm in a row to approach with large amounts of water and snowin an area where the soil is already waterlogged.
The most populous state in the United States It has been hit in recent weeks by Heavy rains killed at least 19 people and triggered floods, power outages and landslides.
New low pressure system He hit the district on Friday, threatening to impeach Monterey Peninsula and flooding the city of Salinas, with a population of 160,000.
“The entire lower Salinas Valley will suffer catastrophic flooding,” he warned. US Weather Service (NWS).
“The entire city of Salinas is at risk of flooding. Most of Castroville will be flooded. All roads near the Salinas River will be flooded and made impassable. Many roads, homes, and agricultural areas in the Salinas Valley will suffer significant flood damage.”
expected to be Salinas River It overflows into the riverbed after weeks of heavy rainin a flood that could last into Sunday. Evacuation orders multipliedwhile salads Monterey County They warn that Salinas residents should prepare to “remain incommunicado for two or three days” ahead of possible road closures.
“This is a slow-onset event,” the company told reporters, and not all locations will be affected at once. Monterrey County Mayor Tina Nieto.
Storms in California
Warnings come with this area California is trying to recover from previous frequent rains. The short lulls between two storms barely give authorities time to clean up the damage before the next deluge.
“Unstable weather currently prevailing in the west of the country (…) It will unfortunately continue into this weekend, with two more rounds of heavy rain expected,” the NWS warned.
in the mountains, Precipitation will turn into snowwith an expectation of more than 1 meter in the Cordillera de Sierra Nevadamaking travel to the area dangerous or impossible.
How many deaths have floods left in California?
Among the 19 victims in the state California exist Drivers who were found trapped in their submerged carspeople were injured by fallen trees and a couple was killed in a rockslide. Thousands of homes remained without electricity. Repeatedly.
For his part, he is Northwest Avalanche Center He said he expected “serious and widespread” avalanches from the weather. These include “wet avalanches”which occurs when wet snow builds up on top of a blanket of light snow, making the entire pack unstable.
Climate change causes severe flooding
California Accustomed to severe weather, winter storms are common, but scientists say Climate changepowered by human burning of fossil fuels, makes these events even more ferocious.
Although it causes disasters in the short termRain is badly needed in the West United Stateas more than two decades of drought have imposed unprecedented restrictions on water use.
However, experts warn against even this The heavy rains that hit the region this month will not reverse more than 20 years of mediocre rainfall. Shasta Lakethe state’s largest reservoir, was still at two-thirds of its historical average in early January, according to data from the Department of Water Resources.
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