Updated Jan 6, 2023 - Science
In photos: Storm slams California with hurricane-force winds, heavy rains
A major storm is pummelling California with heavy rains and hurricane-force winds — triggering evacuation orders, causing power outages and forcing school closures throughout the state.
The big picture: California issued a state of emergency Wednesday in response to the deadly atmospheric river storm associated with a bomb cyclone. Wind gusts exceeding 100 mph have been recorded in parts of the state, as emergency services responded to hazards including downed trees blocking roads.
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