7 Storms Strong Storms Pummel California, With At Least 2 More Forecast

Thunderstorms led yet another atmospheric river into the North State and forecasters said the latest system would be followed by more storms this weekend and next week. Californians had little time to rest between assessing damage from the last storm and preparing for the next. The plume of moisture lurking off the northern coast stretched all the way over the Pacific to Hawaii, making the atmospheric river “A true Pineapple Express,” the National Weather Service said. Michael Anderson, climatologist with the Department of Water Resources, said California has been hit by seven storms since the end of December and two more slightly weaker ones were expected before the state gets a reprieve by the end of next week. More than half of California’s 58 counties were declared disaster areas and repairing the damage may cost more than $1 Billion, according to the State Office of Emergency Services. Crews worked to reopen major highways that were closed by rockslides, swamped by flooding or smothered with mud while more than 10,000 people who were ordered out of seaside towns on the central coast were allowed to return home.