1: california is facing an onslaught of severe weather this week, with the us national weather service (nws) issuing a flood warning in areas around los angeles, including orange county and the san bernardino county mountains, and a flood advisory for the sacramento valley. more than 120,000 people are still without power as of monday morning, and schools in and around sacramento have cancelled classes in anticipation of the storm. us president joe biden declared a state of emergency for california on monday, allowing the federal emergency management agency (fema) to provide disaster relief.
paragraph 2: last week’s storms inflicted widespread damage in northern california, dumping record-breaking rain and killing at least 12 people, including a toddler who died after a redwood tree fell onto a mobile home and a woman who died when a tree branch fell on her tent. much of the area hit by heavy rainfall has been under extreme drought conditions for two decades, prompting california to issue caps on how much water residents can use.
paragraph 3: california is experiencing two overlapping weather phenomena – an atmospheric river, where an airborne stream of dense moisture flows in from the ocean, and a bomb cyclone, a storm with a rapid drop in pressure that creates a cyclone effect. the us national weather service (nws) said the heaviest and most widespread rain will likely occur around tuesday morning and afternoon. despite the recent rain, much of the state remains under moderate to extreme drought warnings, according to the us drought monitor. it will take many years of rain to reverse the two-decade-long drought that has hit the western us.