A new onslaught of rain, wind and snow has battered California, spawning a rare tornado in Los Angeles and leaving at least five people dead from fallen trees.
Latest California storm leaves 5 dead from fallen trees
The latest bout of harsh, wintry weather to lash California has drifted into neighbouring US states as authorities reported at least five storm-related deaths in and around San Francisco, all from fallen trees.
As California’s onslaught of rain, wind and mountain snow subsided, downed power lines from Tuesday’s storm left more than 92,000 homes and businesses without electricity as of Wednesday afternoon, while lingering floods kept 14,000 people under evacuation orders.
Nearly 48,000 others statewide were warned to be ready to flee to higher ground in the event rain-swollen streams overflow their banks or storm-weakened levees fail, according to the California Office of Emergency Services.
The storm was the product of yet another in a recent succession of “atmospheric rivers”, immense airborne currents of dense water vapour carried aloft from the ocean and flowing overland in bouts of heavy rain and snow.