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Severe storm hits Los Angeles full force

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A second atmospheric river in a few days sweeps California.

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A powerful storm causing flooding and mudslides hit Southern California on Monday, killing at least three people and hundreds of thousands of homes, cut off from electricity. The situation is “particularly dangerous,” the US Weather Service (NWS) warns, as more precipitation is expected.

An atmospheric river, the second in a few days, is slowly sweeping across the southwest United States and has been causing incessant rain in the Los Angeles area since Sunday, where more than 25 centimeters of rain have fallen, according to the NWS. A new record of 10.41 centimeters of rain was set in downtown Los Angeles.

Flash flood warnings have been issued since Monday morning in several areas of the city, affecting around 1.4 million people. Mountainous regions and canyons in Monterey, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties were affected by evacuation orders. Violent winds are also present: gusts exceeding 100 km/h have been recorded.

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Mudslides swept away debris and vehicles in Los Angeles.

More than 300,000 homes and businesses remained cut off from electricity early Monday evening, according to the specialist site PowerOutage.us. Mudslides carried away debris and rocks, damaging several homes, including in the Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica Mountains. The storm flooded several streets and downed trees. Three people were crushed to death by fallen trees.

California Governor Gavin Newson declared a state of emergency in eight counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Santa Barbara. It's a major storm, with dangerous consequences that can threaten lives, he said.

Open in full screen mode< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">High winds brought down many trees, causing significant damage in California.

The weather service predicts up to 20 centimeters of precipitation on the coast and valleys of Southern California, and up to 35 centimeters on the foothills and mountains. The rain is not expected to stop completely until Friday. The dangers of this storm are still not behind us, warned Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Kristin Crowley.

Los Angeles Unified Schools remained open Monday morning, with the exception of two establishments. Classes have been canceled in Santa Barbara County.

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This heavy precipitation fell in the form snow in the mountains. Mammoth Ski Resort, California's highest, reports receiving nearly a meter of snow in the past 48 hours.

These atmospheric rivers, also called pineapple express, which fall on California have also mistreated the #x27;State during winter 2022-2023. More than a dozen of these rapidly circulating plumes of warm, humid air from the equator swept across the southwest United States.

With information from the Associated Press, AFP, New York Times and Los Angeles Times

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