Live updates: Northern California bomb cyclone, atmospheric river and the attack of a cyclone



A massive bomb cyclone and atmospheric river slammed into Northern California on Sunday, bringing flash floods and debris flows along the burn scars from this summer’s fires. The National Weather Service of Seattle stated that thunderstorms were moving northeast, and may bring hail, downpours and gusty wind.

The core of the storm was approaching the Pacific Northwest late Sunday morning.

Here is a satellite view of the storm this morning. Heavy rain continues to fall over much of #NorCal, and more is on the way. If you are unable to stay home, please do so. #CAwx #CArain

Latest forecast:

— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) October 24, 2021

Winds blew through the Bay Area at more than 50 mph, and in the Marin County community of Karin, more than 7 inches of rain fell at 8: 30 a.m. PT, CBS San Francisco reported.

The atmospheric river — a band carrying more water vapor than the surrounding air — has been elevated to a Category 5, the highest designation on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Extreme Weather Lab scale.

There were evacuation orders issued for hundreds of homes in the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burn scar zone in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The ash and debris left over from fires could cause flooding or mudslides.

There were at least two evacuation centers set up in Sacramento on Sunday.

Caltrans, the state’s highway system, tweeted that there had already been “flooding, rock slides, chain controls, overturned vehicles” on Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service retweeted photos of a landslide along Highway 70 near Tobin, California. Other road closures were caused by flash floods and rock slides, as well as downed trees.

The storm arrived earlier than expected and rainfall is expected to continue until Tuesday. The storm is expected to make Sunday the most severe.

Hundreds of thousands without power on West Coast

More than 168,000 people in California were without power Sunday along with nearly 172,000 in Washington state and more than 30,000 in Oregon, according to

Utility company PG&E said as of 2: 15 p.m. PT more than 130,000 customers were without power in the Bay Area, including 50,576 in the North Bay, 43,556 on the Peninsula, 21,773 in the East Bay, 7,523 in the South Bay and 7,234 in San Francisco, CBS San Francisco reports.

Storm creates eerie hum on Golden Gate Bridge

High winds rushing through a handrail on the Golden Gate Bridge have created an eerie hum that can be heard for miles, CBS San Francisco reports. Last year, the handrail was replaced. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 70 mph on peaks and 40-50 mph in low-lying areas as Sunday’s storm hit the region.

Evacuations ordered for fire-ravaged area hit by heavy rainfall

The Fresno Sheriff’s office issued evacuation orders Sunday for Shaver Lake, part of the burn area for the Creek Fire. Rest of the area under evacuation warning

@FresnoSheriff @FresnoCountyCA & @NWSWPC have consulted & decided to place the entire Creek Fire burn scar area into evacuation warning status. 16351164190001635104162000 (4:) PM

— Fresno Co Sheriff (@FresnoSheriff) October 24, 2021

9 inches of rain deluge one Bay Area town

The heaviest-hit town in the Bay Area was Kentfield in Marin County, which saw 9 inches of rainfall as of noon local time, reports CBS San Francisco. According to the National Weather Service, there would be between one and two more inches of rain in the region Sunday afternoon. Napa and Santa Rosa also received over 4 inches of rain, according to Darren Peck, a meteorologist on CBSN Bay Area.

PG&E reports heavy outages

Utility service PG&E reported heavy outages late Sunday morning, with more than 40,000 without power in the north Bay Area in the counties of Marin and Sonoma. The North Valley division also had more than 10,000 customers impacted.

Outlaw Music Festival music festival in Sacramento is canceled

The Outlaw Music Festival in Wheatland at the Toyota Amphitheater, with Willie Nelson scheduled to perform, was canceled Sunday as the area was lashed by the massive storm.

Organizers said in a statement tickets were being refunded and the concert was unlikely to be rescheduled.

The Ironman triathlon was also canceled on Sunday.

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