Storms Pound California With Record Rainfall, Disastrous Flooding That Wrangles Roads, Forces Evacuations

MILL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 04: People look on as a tow truck pulls a car out of a flooded intersection on January 04, 2023 in Mill Valley, California. A massive storm is hitting Northern California bringing flooding rains and damaging wind (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Nearly 100,000 residents were under evacuation orders or warnings Tuesday morning. Some 49,000 were under evacuation orders; the orders were in effect for Santa Cruz County in the north and parts of Santa Barbara County, including the city of Montecito, in the south.
  • “Nearly all of California has seen much above average rainfall totals over the past several weeks, with totals 400-600% above average values,” the NWS Weather Prediction Center said early Tuesday morning.
  • The storm has dramatically impacted travel across the state as well. Dozens of roads across the state were closed or damaged by the storm.

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