A new atmospheric river caused the evacuation of nearly 27,000 people in California on Tuesday. The weather event, the eleventh of the season, caused flooding and knocked out power to 193,486 residents in the state, as reported by PowerOutage.us at 8:04 a.m. EST on Wednesday. Rain is expected to continue in The Golden State throughout the day, as reported by the National Weather Service:
The atmospheric river event is expected to continue to impact California into Wednesday. Here are the latest Key Messages. https://t.co/xMOXD7enCX
— National Weather Service (@NWS) March 14, 2023
The Los Angeles Times said that at least sixteen locations along California's major rivers were overflowing, including parts of the Salinas, Sacramento, Mercer and Pajaro rivers. This resulted in more than 70 flood watches, warnings and advisories throughout the state, according to the weather agency. The National Weather Service is particularly attentive to the Sacramento River, whose level continues to rise:
The Sacramento River at Red Bluff is forecast to reach 259 feet between 3 am and 6 am this morning. This stage would be within one foot of the highest on record, which is 260 feet in 1997. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/Z4Qsys9nzQ
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 15, 2023
Nor'easter wreaks havoc in the East
While California is dealing with the problems of its eleventh atmospheric river, a nor'easter continues to wreak havoc in the eastern part of the country. According to PowerOutage.us, in New Hampshire, New York, Maine and Massachusetts, a total of 177,722 residents reported being without power to their homes as of 8:04 a.m. EST.
According to the National Weather Service, on Wednesday, snowfall could reach three to eight inches in certain areas of New York and New England. This adds to the snow from Tuesday, when more than 23 inches of snow was recorded:
Low pressure over the Gulf of Maine will slowly move eastward over the Atlantic overnight Wednesday. As a result, the snow will slowly taper off through Thursday morning. Additional 3-8 inches of snowfall can be expected over portions of New York and New England into Wednesday. ... Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion are forecast for high tide tonight, mainly in Massachusetts, as the strong low pressure center lingers in the Gulf of Maine. The effects of the storm will end by Thursday morning..