“Be alert!” – 14 dead: severe storms in California continue

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After persistent winter storms with heavy rainfall, authorities in California ordered evacuations in several regions on Monday (local time). According to Governor Gavin Newsom, the storms in the US state of California, which have been raging since late December, have killed 14 people so far. That’s more life than the wildfires of the past two years combined, Newsom said in a statement Monday night (local time).

In the south of the west coast state, in the region around the coastal city of Santa Barbara, floods and avalanches of mud and boulders were warned. The city of Montecito, where Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, presenter Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities live, was also hit.

“Our message to Californians is simple: be extremely vigilant,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. There were still a few days of severe winter weather ahead.

Mud and debris avalanche warning
California is currently experiencing a third week of severe winter storms with heavy rains, strong winds and flooding. It was not until Monday that authorities in several regions again ordered evacuations. In the south of the west coast state, in the region around the coastal city of Santa Barbara, floods and avalanches of mud and boulders were warned. The city of Montecito, where Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, presenter Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities live, was also hit.

Many streams and rivers in the most populous US state have burst their banks as a result of winter storms, and some roads in the hardest-hit regions are impassable. Due to the already wet ground, authorities are also warning of flash floods and mudslides, particularly in areas where previous wildfires have destroyed plant cover.

Source: Krone

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