California faces flash floods amid ‘Bomb Cyclone’ and ‘Atmospheric River’
A “bomb cyclone” and “atmospheric river” brought more than half a foot of rain when they slammed the California Bay area on Sunday.
The region has also received warnings of high winds, flash floods and heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada, according to the New York Times.
Experts have also warned that some areas scorched by recent forest fires could be prone to mudslides, according to the National Weather Service for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Flash flood alerts in effect Sunday. The main concern will be the burn scars of 2020, but flooding in towns and small rivers is likely as the strip of heavy rain crosses Sunday afternoon and night. #AtmosphericRiver #CAwx pic.twitter.com/NfL4Cl0Z9I
– NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) 23 October 2021
Parts of San Mateo County were subject to evacuation orders due to the risk of flash flooding.
At least 66,000 people in the Bay Area were without power on Sunday and more than 3,000 people were working on restoration efforts, JD Guidi, spokesperson for Pacific Gas and Electric, told The Times.
In addition, more than 130 flights were delayed and 52 were canceled at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday morning, Cathy Morrison, an airport official, told The Times.
An atmospheric river occurs when concentrated moisture spreads over the ocean and the lowest layer of the atmosphere. Meanwhile, the bomb cyclone, a storm that gains strength very quickly, was expected to push the atmospheric river south, Sean Miller, a California meteorologist, told The Times.
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In addition to the drought, California has had a particularly tough year for wildfires, as six million acres have been burned in the state since the start of this year, the Times reported.
Reports released earlier this month indicated that about one in eight hectares of the state had been burned by wildfires in the past decade.