|Rocks reach the roof of a home after a mudslide overtook at least 8
homes during heavy rains in Camarillo Springs, California, December 12,
(Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)
December 15, 2014 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - Authorities are still on the lookout for mudslides after a major storm hit draught-suffering Southern California on Friday, causing floods and burying homes. Tens of thousands were left without power and dozens of evacuations were ordered.
WATCH: Evacuations as storm strikes Southern California, mudslides bury homes.
The storm moved in from Northern California with five inches of rain falling down, causing random landslides and debris. At least 10 homes were completely wrecked, according to AP.
No power, strong winds, floodingUp to 50,000 people lost power as the wind speed reached up to 60 mph in some areas and street flooding was reported.
Dozens of evacuations orderedLocal authorities ordered at least 124 mandatory evacuations from the area, according to Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar. Meanwhile, 40 people were displaced following the storm’s damage and two people taken to hospital.
The landslide was so powerful that two large earthmovers used as a barrier were knocked over and one of them was almost completely buried.
Rocks traveling down streetsThe suburb of Glendora, located east of Los Angeles, witnessed rocks and bricks flowing down the streets, police Lt. Matt Williams told AP.
Fire rescue teams were involved in saving two people from the Los Angeles River on Friday.
|A parked automobile is surrounded by water as a winter storm brings rain and high winds to San Diego, California December 12, 2014 (Reuters / Mike Blake)|
|Los Angeles Fire Department personnel stand by next to the Los Angeles
river during a rescue operation in Los Angeles, California December 12,
(Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)
|A woman watches waves roll in near a damaged house in Washaway Beach,
Washington December 11, 2014 as|
a Pacific winter storm hits the western United States (Reuters / David Ryder)
|High waves crash under the Ocean Beach Pier as a winter storm brings rain and high winds to San Diego, California December 12, 2014 (Reuters / Mike Blake)|
|A group of houses are pictured after boulder-strewn rivers of mud swept
down hillsides during a winter storm,|
in Camarillo Springs, California December 12, 2014 (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)
|TV news crews set up across from a damaged home after a mud slide
overtook at least 18 homes during heavy rains|
in Camarillo Springs, California December 12, 2014 (Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)
Mudslide alert in effectCalifornia has been suffering from a draught, so the rain was welcomed. But as the sudden downpour caused mudslides, authorities called on people to remain vigilant.
Rescuers remain worried about hills affected by wildfires in the past, fearing that the soil, which is no longer supported by roots, could be swept away.
Weather forecasts project that the storm will move east and head towards Nevada and Arizona. - RT.
Rain Soaks California Threatening More Flooding and Mudslides
The main storm track will send the bulk of the energy into California, the site of last week's worst weather.
This means another round of drenching rainfall, gusty winds and snow in the higher terrain, although the intensity is not expected to reach that of last week's storm.
"This next Pacific storm looks less severe than the previous storm," said AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Alex Avalos.
Despite this storm being slightly weaker, the threat for flooding and mudslides will be renewed.
"Heavy rain will pose the threat for mudslides in the higher elevations where loose soil from the previous event and burn scars are prevalent," added Avalos.
Travel delays will also be quite common through this week. Mudslides will not only bring the threat for debris-filled roadways, but flooding could washout some roadways also. Folks will want to be on alert for road closures and should have alternative routes planned.
For those taking to the air, some of the major hubs on the West Coast will be under delays due to the rain and wind.
The first round of heavy rain will target the Bay area, as well as much of central and northern California through Monday night.
San Francisco was hit hard with rain this past Thursday, measuring 3.43 inches. Thursday's rainfall surpassed the amount of rain that the city received all of last year (3.38 inches).
The first storm this week could bring another couple of inches to San Francisco and areas northward into northern California.
Episodes of rain will also push south into Los Angeles and San Diego Monday night into early Wednesday.
This storm system will likely last longer than last week's storm keeping the rain around through the middle of the week. Part of the reason will be because of a second pulse of moisture that will move through.
"Most regions will get 1 to 3 inches of rainfall, with any accumulating snow generally above 5,000 feet," said Avalos.
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That snow could cause disruptions across some of the higher passes, including Donner Pass. Parts of the Sierra may get over a foot of snow.
Gusty winds will accompany the rain and may put some communities in the dark, although widespread power outages are not expected.
Another storm system will arrive towards the end of the week, entering the region farther north across Washington and Oregon and eventually diving down into California late Friday and into Saturday.
The storm track will continue to push farther north through the weekend and into next week, which will keep the bulk of the storms north of California and mainly into Oregon, Washington and British Columbia for Christmas week.
Despite flooding and mudslides, this stretch of unsettled weather will have helped the region in some ways as well.
"Before the rainy pattern takes a break, cumulative rainfall will have taken a huge slice out of the long-term drought," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. - AccuWeather.