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California flooding leaves thousands without power and kills nearly 20 residents

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A work crew cleans up an area of Highway 101 that flooded in Montecito, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. California saw little relief from drenching rains Tuesday as the latest in a relentless string of storms swamped roads, turned rivers into gushing flood zones and forced thousands of people to flee from towns with histories of deadly mudslides. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)– Southern California has been inundated with extreme rainfall and atmospheric anomalies in the past few months.

“The atmospheric river has refocused over northern and central California,” the National Weather Service said. “Heavy rain on saturated soils and gusty winds may lead to flooding and damaged or downed trees and power outages.”

12.37 inches of rain San Francisco received from December 26th through Monday represent more than half its typical yearly total and the city’s third-highest amount ever over 15 days.

More than 17 people have lost their lives during this aberrant storm, and more lives are sure to be lost, according to NOAA.