Central Bank to update inflation target in coming period: Source    Egypt's exports of chemical, fertiliser industries expected to reach EGP 8bn by year-end    FM Shoukry highlights repercussions of climate change during AOSIS meeting    FM Shoukry highlights repercussions of climate change during AOSIS meeting    Egypt seeks to achieve balanced results in international climate action: FM    Al-Sisi approves Egypt's bid to host 2036 Olympic Games    Al-Sisi approves Egypt's bid to host 2036 Olympic Games    Egypt's Al-Sisi directs development of basic education system    Health Minister inaugurates logistic complex for preserving vaccines at Vacsera    AUC signs MoU with GAHAR to build healthcare professionals' capacities‏‏    Prime Minister inspects Grand Egyptian Museum project    Prime Minister inspects Grand Egyptian Museum project    Egypt holds Food Africa exhibition's 7th session in Cairo    Hyde Park Developments showcases projects in east and west Cairo, North Coast at Cityscape Egypt exhibition    Egypt expects IMF approval of loan package next week    The godfather of CIB Egypt bank, Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, returns as chairman – Al Arabiya    K-pop creates mutual understanding between South Korea, Egypt: Korean Cultural Center    Angola's newly elected President appoints new Cabinet    Egypt's FM meets with his US counterpart on side-lines of UN General Assembly meetings    Irrigation Minister stresses importance of scientific research in water sector    MV Logos Hope floating library to arrive in Egypt in January 2023    Self-care matters – 36% of professional gamers in MENA, Turkiye, Africa worry about mental health condition    Amazon unveils blueprint to boost workplace inclusivity for people with disabilities in Egypt    Byline: Pressing save on the metaverse – the future of tangible experiences    Egypt holds its first championship in American dominoes    Dior showcases 2023 fall men's collection at Egypt's pyramids    US aquarium saves 150 sea turtles from cold    Tech giant Apple 'expresses interest' in acquiring Manchester United – report    Egypt operates solar-powered cars at 2 archaeological sites in Luxor    Egypt launches 200 Years of Continuing Science tourism campaign    QNB Group names TikToker Khaby Lame official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 brand ambassador    Three possible scenarios as Egypt's central bank governor resigns – MP    Adele is living a love story, wants to be a homemaker    In Photos: Egypt swears in 13 new ministers after major Cabinet reshuffle    Egypt's parliament approves Cabinet reshuffle in extraordinary session    Spain: prosecutor seeks 8 years sentence for Shakira over tax evasion    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



2 dead, torrents of rain slam Southern California
Published in Ahram Online on 18 - 02 - 2017

A huge Pacific storm parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least two people.
The storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the ocean was at its most fierce late Friday afternoon, dropping over 8 inches of rain in one area, and was expected to last until Saturday afternoon.
The region appeared to dodge any major disasters, but in the desert town of Victorville, several cars were washed down a flooded street, and one man was found dead in a submerged vehicle after others were rescued, San Bernardino County fire spokesman Eric Sherwin said.
And in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, a man was electrocuted when a tree falling in heavy rain downed power lines that hit his car.
Later in the same neighborhood, a sinkhole swallowed two cars, the second on live TV as viewers watched it teeter on the edge before plunging in.
Firefighters rescued one person from the first car, and the driver got out of the second before it fell. No one was injured.
Inland at the Cajon Pass, the shoulder of Interstate 15 crumbled and sent a parked firetruck spilling over the side, but no one was hurt.
There were several traffic deaths on slick and flooded roads also, but it was difficult to say which were a direct result of the storm.
Other forms of travel were tough too. Amtrak canceled its rail trips for a long stretch of the state's southern and central coast, and more than 300 arriving and departing flights were delayed or canceled at Los Angeles International Airport.
Winds gusting to 70 mph or more lashed parts of the region. Heavy rains turned creeks and rivers into brown torrents and released slews of mud from hillsides burned barren by wildfires.
"At one point the wind was so strong I'm surprised it didn't blow my windows out," retiree Phoenix Hocking said from Carpinteria. "I now have a pond in my patio. And my dog is starting to grow flippers so he can go out and do his business."
Several stretches of freeways and highways were closed by flooding, including very busy arteries like Interstate 5 and Interstate 10.
"It's crazy," said Robin Johnson, an academic adviser at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "It's just pouring down rain. The wind is just going nuts."
In LA's Sun Valley, 10 cars were trapped in swift-moving water on a roadway and 15 people had to be rescued, the Fire Department reported.
Using ropes and inflatable boats, firefighters rescued seven people and two dogs from the Sepulveda basin, a recreation and flood-control area along the Los Angeles River. One person was taken to a hospital with a non-life threatening injury.
The storm took aim at Southern California but also spread precipitation north into the San Joaquin Valley and up to San Francisco. It was not expected to bring significant rain in the far north where damage to spillways of the Lake Oroville dam forced evacuation of 188,000 people last weekend.
The National Weather Service said it could end up being the strongest storm to hit Southern California since January 1995.
Hundreds of trees and dozens of power lines had toppled in the Los Angeles area and about 150,000 customers were without electricity across the region.
Another tree smashed a carport and vehicles in the Santa Barbara suburb of Goleta.
By evening, Ventura County and northern Los Angeles County had seen 24-hour rain totals of up to 7 ½ inches, with the San Marcos mountain pass in Santa Barbara County receiving nearly 8 ½ inches.
The city of Duarte, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles, ordered evacuation of 180 homes below a burn scar.


Clic here to read the story from its source.