For California, ‘One of the most dramatic weather days ever’

It’s Monday. Yesterday was a weather day for the record books — and today could be one, too. In addition, the California Senate has a new leader.

If you’re in California, you’ve probably been through some wild weather in the last 24 hours. National Weather Service Sunday is called “one of the most dramatic weather days in recent memory.”

California’s biggest storm so far this year whipped up surf along the coast, sent tree limbs leaping across streets and snapped power lines as it battered the state. In much of Northern California, the gale-force winds appeared to wreak more havoc than the heavy rain: In some areas, gusts reached 88 mph, the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane.

As of 5 a.m. today, there were more than 560,000 homes and businesses in the state without electricity, with the worst outages in the San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Central Coast. That was down from more than 800,000 at 10 p.m. Sunday as utility crews worked overnight to get the lights back on.

Forecasters warn that the worst may be yet to come for California. An atmospheric river hovering over the Los Angeles region is expected to bring precipitation to the already soaked lowlands and mountains well into the evening, and the rain could continue into tomorrow. Numerous roads, especially in the canyons around Los Angeles, were affected by mud and rockfalls during the night.

“The biggest wind and power outages will be the less dangerous part of the storm, compared to what’s going to happen, and is starting to happen, in Southern California,” Daniel Swain, a climatologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, told reporters on Sunday. in the evening. “If you’re worried about the north, I’m more worried about the south and what’s to come.”

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for eight counties in Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego. This allows the state to mobilize the National Guard for an emergency response if necessary.

By Sunday evening, emergency workers rescued motorists stuck in floodwaters in Los Angeles, landslides engulfed a stretch of winding freeway in Ventura County, and evacuation orders were issued for parts of Orange County.

The Santa Barbara Airport was shut down abruptly Sunday after the airport was flooded. Santa Barbara Unified Schools will be closed Monday due to the storm, and the district will notify families today if schools will be open for classes Tuesday.

Swain, the climatologist, said getting to work and school — by car or on foot — Monday morning would likely be a risky proposition for people in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

“LA County is going to be at the center of this flood risk,” Swain said. “And the risk of flooding is very high, higher than we’ve seen in many years. It is something that is not common.”

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Two wildlife experts have captured video footage of what they believe to be a newborn Southern California great white thresher shark, an extremely rare sighting of the vulnerable species, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The experts — Phillip Sternes, a doctoral student at UC Riverside, and Carlos Gauna, a videographer — made the discovery while reviewing drone footage they took over the summer on the Carpinteria coast, near Santa Barbara.

In the video, a small, pale-colored great white shark appears to be shedding a layer of skin, evidence that the shark may be a newborn and possibly the youngest ever caught on camera in the wild, according to a recent scientific paper published by Sternes and Gauna.

If accurate, the images would be a breakthrough for researchers studying the species’ reproductive habits. Scientists previously did not know where great white sharks give birth or observe newborn pups in the wild.


Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. Stay dry out there. — Soumya

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Maia Coleman, Briana Scalia and Kellina Moore contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at CAtoday@nytimes.com.

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