The Southland braces for heavy rain as the system lands in Humboldt County and is expected to arrive later today. The first of three major rainstorms made its way into Northern California this morning and was expected to hit the Southland later today, with the storms possibly unleashing as much as 5 inches of rain in Los Angeles and 10 inches in the mountains through Sunday. Forecasters said the first major storms of 2008 could cause the most significant rainfall to hit Southern California since January 2005. That winter, near-record rains triggered dangerous mudslides. The storm arrived in Eureka, in Humboldt County, at about 8 a.m. and dropped about 1/10 of an inch in an hour, said Becca Mazur, a National Weather Service forecaster there. The rain was "moderate," and expected to remain steady throughout the day, she said.
The National Weather Service predicted that the most powerful storm system, which is expected to land Friday, would bring "strong and possibly damaging winds." Forecasters predicted gusts of up to 70 mph in the mountain areas and the Antelope Valley, and warned that downed trees and power lines were likely. In Orange County and the Inland Empire, forecasters expected up to 3 inches of rain, with up to 8 inches in the mountains through Sunday. "It's three storms wedged one after another, with the middle one being the largest," said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La CaÃ±ada Flintridge. Today's storm is expected to bring light to moderate rain tonight. The Friday storm is expected to bring light to moderate rainfall in the morning, with the downpour intensifying later in the afternoon and overnight. "If this delivers as advertised, we haven't seen something like this for three years, so it will be a shocker," Patzert said.
Forecasters warned that burned areas possibly could be hit by mudslides beginning Friday night. They also said the heavy rain could cause urban and small streams to flood, and warned of potential "life-threatening flash flooding." "Once we get into the rain on Saturday, that's when the problems could start because the ground is already wet," said Stan Wasowski, a weather service forecaster in San Diego. Another inch of rain could fall Sunday.
The last time Los Angeles saw more than 3 inches of rain in a single month was in February 2005, when 11.02 inches of rain hit downtown Los Angeles. In January 2005, 9.32 inches of rain fell on L.A., the same month that a mudslide hit the coastal Ventura County enclave of La Conchita, killing 10 residents. The 2004-05 rainy season nearly set a record, with more than 37 inches of rain falling on L.A., more than double the annual average of nearly 15 inches.
But weather experts say that they believe this winter's rainy season won't break any records. Since July 1, 3.76 inches of rain has fallen on downtown L.A.; the average for this time of year is 4.53 inches. "The forecast is still for a dry winter, and that's largely based on the presence of La NiÃ±a this year," said Kelly Redmond, interim director of the Western Regional Climate Center at the Desert Research Institute in Reno. Redmond said this year's La NiÃ±a, a cooling of ocean temperatures along the equator from the International Date Line to Peru, has helped keep the jet stream focused on the Pacific Northwest, which has been pelted by storms this winter.
"We've looked at this relationship over the past 75 years, and we haven't seen above normal rainfall years with La NiÃ±a," Redmond said. He added that the Central Sierra is seeing only 50% to 55% of the average year's snowpack. Still, he said: "I've been surprised thus far with the vigor of the storms" in Southern California. By now, people should be well prepared for wet weather, officials said. "We've had enough rehearsals with the last two rainstorms ... that people are pretty aware. We just want to remind them to continue to be vigilant," said Brad Davis, emergency services coordinator for Malibu.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews were assembling a special team to respond quickly to downed power lines, and additional crews and operators were placed on standby. In Huntington Beach, crews cleared debris from storm drains to prevent urban flooding.
Kirsten James, water quality director of Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay, advised people to avoid going to the beach during and after the storms, as the rains flush trash and other debris into the creeks, bays and coastline. "There will be all this bacteria that has built up and is being washed down," James said. "We advise [residents] to stay out of the water 72 hours after a storm event." The storm also was expected to bring significant surf along the coast starting Friday. U.S. Coast Guard officials said they expected waves of up to 15 feet by Saturday. "This is definitely not a time for new or inexperienced boaters to be out on the water," Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Munoz said.
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California is bracing for a series of powerful winter storms poised to deliver a one-two-three punch to the West Coast, bringing snow, rain and high wind throughout the Golden State, forecasters said.
The effects of the storms were already being felt Thursday.
But the National Weather Service warned a second and more powerful storm front was expected to move in Friday, and a third wave was forecast for the weekend.
Up to 4 feet of snow is possible at elevations above 5,000 feet by Saturday morning and wind gusts of up to 80 mph are possible in the region Friday, the weather service said.
Workers fill sandbags in Malibu, California, Thursday as residents prepare for potential mudslides.
"The combination of heavy snow and powerful winds will likely cause frequent whiteout conditions at the highest elevations," forecasters said.
"Travel over the higher passes will be very difficult, if not impossible, at times between Friday evening and Saturday morning."
In addition, up to 10 inches of precipitation was forecast for other parts of the state -- rain at the lower elevations and snow in the mountains.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. â€” People throughout California braced themselves as arctic storms moved ashore Friday, threatening to paralyze the mountains with deep snow and bring devastating rains to a coastal landscape already charred by wildfires.
Forecasters warned the fierce winds and other extreme weather would last through the weekend. Homeowners rushed to stack sandbags around houses lying below fire-ravaged hillsides in Southern California, while Northern California residents â€” like those along the Gulf Coast before a hurricane â€” scurried to stock up on last-minute provisions. In the eastern Sierra ski town of Mammoth Lakes, resident Barbara Sholle went to the supermarket after receiving a call from the town's reverse-911 system. She waited an hour to pay for her groceries amid a crush of residents. "People were waiting in line for shopping carts," she said.
The storm system began dumping rain and snow Thursday in parts of Northern California. Power outages, damaged electrical lines and downed trees were reported in the Sacramento area by nightfall. The U.S. Forest Service issued an avalanche warning for Mount Shasta, in the Cascade Range in far Northern California, while the National Weather Service issued a rare blizzard advisory for the Sierra Nevada.The storm system brought high wind warnings along the coast. Ocean tides were expected to swell to 30 feet, leading the Coast Guard to caution boaters to remain in port. "If you don't have to go out this weekend, it might be a nice weekend to stay at home after the holidays," said Frank McCarton, chief deputy director of the California Office of Emergency Services. As the storms barreled into California, forecasters were expecting a freeze in the East to subside. After a freezing day virtually everywhere east of the Mississippi River, temperatures in the East were to climb Friday.
Florida's citrus growers might have been spared major damage from the cold snap, which produced flurries in the Daytona Beach area, but it will be Saturday or later before strawberry farmers know the extent of their losses. Plant City farmer Carl Grooms surveyed his fields Thursday afternoon and spotted numerous plants with berry damage. It was a sight he suspected other farmers east of Tampa witnessed in their fields hours after temperatures dropped below freezing. "If I've got damage, I'm sure they do too," Grooms said. But his plants seemed intact, preserving hopes that his fields would bounce back. A serious freeze would have been devastating to the Florida's citrus trees, already struggling from years of diseases and hurricanes. But most groves are in central and South Florida, where temperatures hovered in high 20s and low 30s. Trees can be ruined when temperatures fall to 28 degrees for four hours. "It could have been far, far worse," said Terry McElroy, a spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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Roger Manning, a lifelong resident of Modjeska Canyon, fills sandbags at a county-run resource center near his home. He says he would evacuate if flooding mandates it. He loves the rural nature of life in the area.
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A truck full of hay bales makes its way beneath fire-blackened oak trees on Modjeska Canyon Road. Residents were busy protecting their properties in anticipation of mud flows
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A helicopter drops green-colored soil stabilizer on the west-facing slope of Saddleback Mountain. October wildfires denuded the landscape of vegetation. With rainstorms on the way, the effort is a precaution against mudslides.
Storms still expected to soak Southern California
The system is 'coming in very, very strong,' expert says as heavy rains are predicted to land tonight in L.A. A flash-flood watch is issued for burned areas.
Southlanders expecting downpours this morning woke up to find little more than a trace of precipitation in the air, but heavy rains are still on their way, forecasters said. "The worst of the weather will be tonight," said forecaster Dave Samuhel, of AccuWeather.com.
Today's storm should bring light to moderate rainfall in the afternoon, with the downpour intensifying in the evening and overnight. Less than one-hundredth of an inch of rain fell in the Los Angeles area between last night and this morning as the system slowed, forecasters said.
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Fierce Storm Lashes State With Heavy Rain, Snow, Winds
A forest service official, left, looks down from the Cleveland National Forest, Thursday, Jan. 3, near Orange County, Calif., on the community of Modjeska, where homeowners, still struggling to rebuild their lives after last fall's wildfires, are preparing for downpours that could bring more than a foot of rain to some mudslide-prone mountain canyons. A trio of rainstorms, possibly the most rain the region has seen in three years, is expected to hit Southern California this weekend.
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Regine Lahde, left, gets assistance from Pedro Ramirez, a friend, using sandbags to create a barrier in front of her home Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Silverado, Calif.
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Sand bags and plastic sheeting cover the back of a home at the edge of a hillside Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Malibu, Calif.
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A man walks in the rain in San Jose, Calif.
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A woman walks in the rain in downtown San Jose
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Boven CaliforniÃ« is vrijdag een -aangekondigde- zware storm losgebarsten. Zo'n half miljoen woningen en bedrijven zitten zonder stroom. Gevreesd wordt dat het stormweer in de loop van de volgende dagen voor modderstromen, overstromingen en zware sneeuwval gaat zorgen.
Meteorologen zeiden dat de storm tot de zwaarste in een decennium in de Golden State kan uitgroeien, met vrijdag een verwachte regenval van 25 centimeter, windsnelheden tot 150 km/uur en twee tot drie meter sneeuw in het Sierra-gebergte.
De storm trof eerst het noorden van CaliforniÃ«, maar trok in de loop van de dag naar het zuiden.
De US Forest Service en de National Weather Service hebben al gewaarschuwd voor lawinegevaar en blizzards voor het Cascadegebergte en de Sierra. De kustwacht adviseerde alle schepen, in de havens te blijven. Er dreigen golven tot 10 meter hoog.
A fierce storm is sweeping through the US state of California, unleashing rain, wind and snow, and cutting power supplies and transport links.
Up to 10ft (3m) of snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada mountains, as blizzards forced ski resorts to close and drivers were warned off roads.
Heavy rains threatened to trigger mudslides in canyons already scarred by last year's wildfires.
The extreme weather could last through the weekend, forecasters say.
There have been no reports of injuries or deaths so far.
The storm began lashing the north of the state on Thursday, with thousands of residents from the Bay Area to the central valley suffering power cuts.
Large vehicles have been banned from San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge, where winds gusted at 55mph (90km/h).
Further south, a storm was gathering off the coast and was expected to hit land by Saturday afternoon.
In fire-hit areas, residents piled sandbags around their homes to protect them from possible mudslides.
Voluntary evacuations were being organised in the Modjeska and Silverado canyons, where 15 homes burned down in the autumn.
Tides are expected to rise to 30ft, and all Pacific Ocean-going vessels are being urged to remain in port.
Meanwhile Florida was hit by a cold snap, although citrus growers said the freeze did not last long enough to seriously affect crops.
The weather difficulties come just 10 days after snow storms from the Great Lakes on the border with Canada down to Texas left 22 people dead and tens of thousands without electricity.
Zo'n 850.000 abonnees zaten vandaag in CaliforniÃ« zonder elektriciteit. De storing was veroorzaakt door een zware storm.
"850.000 gezinnen en bedrijven zaten in heel de staat zonder elektriciteit. Voornamelijk in de regio van San Francisco en de administratieve hoofdstad Sacramento', verklaarde Lee Dorey, woordvoerder van gouverneur Schwarzenegger.
Volgens Dorey viel er slechts Ã©Ã©n dode door het noodweer, maar waren er wel verschillende ongevallen op de weg. De storm is de eerste van drie die voor zondag in CaliforniÃ« worden verwacht.
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Het noorden van CaliforniÃ« is getroffen door een actieve depressie. Zware regen en sneeuwbuien in de hogere delen, zorgden ervoor dat 1,2 miljoen mensen zonder stroom kwamen te zitten.
Het zwaarst is het gebied tussen San Francisco en Sacramento getroffen. In Santa Clara County viel 250 millimeter neerslag. North Scotts Valley gaf 175 millimeter door.
In de hogere delen viel sneeuw. Timberline Lodge in Oregon meldde 86 centimeter sneeuw. In de hogere delen van CaliforniÃ« bleef het sneeuwdek beperkt tot 36 centimeter. Ook waren er zware windstoten in de bergen. Mount Diablo State Park en Mammoth Mountain rapporteerden een windstoot tot 176 kilometer per uur.
Het weg- en vliegverkeer raakte ontregeld door de neerslag. De autoriteiten riepen daarop de bevolking op om binnen te blijven.
A widespread storm system dumped heavy rain over Southern California early Saturday, triggering flash flooding in low areas and mudslides on hillsides burned by summer wildfires.
A man seeks protection Friday from wind and rain behind a small umbrella in San Francisco.
In higher elevations of the region, the National Weather Service issued a rare heavy snow warning for the San Bernardino Mountains, predicting one to two feet of new snow on those peaks.
Record rainfalls of 1.75 inches at Bob Hope Airport, .7 inches at Palmdale and 1.63 inches at Paso Robles were reported Friday.
A tree hit the San Francisco home and car of I-Reporters Keith Koller and Marcelo Tourney.
Orange County officials ordered evacuations Friday for about 1,000 homes in four canyons -- Williams, Harding, Modjeska and Silverado -- burned by last year's wildfires, according to CNN affiliate KTLA.
"It's too late once the rain starts. These areas are extremely vulnerable. You're risking your life and your family's life fundamentally" by staying, said Steve Sellers of the governor's Office of Emergency Services told The Associated Press.
Tsering Gyurmey snapped this image of an overturned truck on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Friday.
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A levee broke east of Reno, Nevada, on Saturday following a strong winter storm and flooded an estimated 800 homes, a Nevada Department of Public Safety spokesman said.
A canal from the Truckee River near Fernley, 32 miles east of Nevada's second-largest city Reno, experienced a 30-foot-wide breach at 4 a.m. local time, spokesman Chuck Allen said.
Impacted houses in the lower-lying section of town stood in three feet (one meter) of water after water spilled from the 150-foot-wide, eight-foot-deep canal.
Officials in Fernley, an agricultural and suburban Reno community of 21,000, were evacuating people to a local school.
Over the past day, an especially powerful storm hit northern and central California as well as neighboring Nevada, causing widespread power outages, downed trees and cutting off some roads and air traffic.
De Amerikaanse westkust en met name de staat CaliforniÃ« gaan dit weekeinde gebukt onder een extreem zware winterse storm. Bijna een half miljoen mensen kwamen zonder stroom te zitten. In de bergen van de Sierra Nevada wordt een pak sneeuw van drie meter verwacht.
Het gebied kreeg vrijdag al te maken met veel neerslag en windstoten tot 130 kilometer per uur. Vrachtwagens waaiden om en auto's, huizen en wegen liepen schade op door omvallende bomen. Op plaatsen in het zuiden van CaliforniÃ«, waar weinig begroeiing is vanwege de hevige bosbranden van afgelopen zomer, werden bewoners uit vrees voor aardverschuivingen geadviseerd binnen te blijven.
Veel reizigers zijn door het noodweer gestrand. Hooggelegen wegen zijn afgesloten en het Rode Kruis heeft een opvang ingericht voor zo'n tweehonderd gestrande automobilisten. Op de luchthaven van San Francisco werden vliegtuigen aan de grond gehouden. Voor zondag is een nieuw front voorspeld met nog meer neerslag.
Flooding Kills At Least Two; Fire Scarred San Diego County So Far Escapes Feared Mudslides
Residents are evacuated from flooded homes in Fernley, Nev., after heavy rains caused a levee to break. Three feet of freezing water swept through the agricultural town east of Reno.
Homeowner Mark MacIntyre looks down into his house after a mudslide claimed his home in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 5, 2008.
PG&E worker Anthony Battiano lowers the remains of a power line pole that broke in high winds in Felton, Calif., Jan. 4, 2008. Forecasters warn the extreme weather would last through the weekend.
A motorist makes a phone call next to a damaged vehicle as rain comes down along Highway 280 in Daly City, Calif., Jan. 4, 2008. A fierce arctic storm pounded California on Friday, threatening to soak mudslide-prone canyons already charred by wildfires and to paralyze the mountains with deep snow.
Hey, it's California: A surfer rides a wave churned by a winter storm underneath the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, Jan. 4, 2008, in the San Francisco Bay
A ruptured levee sent a frigid "wall of water" from a rain-swollen canal into this high desert town early Saturday, flooding hundreds of homes and forcing the rescue of more than a dozen people by helicopter and boat.
To the west, a dangerous layer of heavy snow covered the Northern California mountains as rain and wind from the third storm in as many days hit the West Coast. The storms have been blamed for at least two deaths, and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in California, Oregon and Washington were without power Saturday.
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A home is tagged by the city as dangerous to enter due to an eroding hill behind it as a result from heavy rains in Oakland, California January 5, 2008. Californians braced for another round of fierce winter weather on Saturday, a day after strong winds, heavy rains and snow prompted evacuations and left more than 1 million homes without electricity.
Surfers Sean Santana ® and Justin Seeple watch waves break beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California January 5, 2008
Ronald Ward, supervising civil engineer for the department of infrastructure and operations of Oakland, evaluates a mudslide in the back yard of a home in Oakland, California January 5, 2008.
Michael Eastman takes cover beneath an umbrella while waiting to photograph breaking waves beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California January 5, 2008.
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Employees sweep water out of the Shoe Warehouse during a storm in North Hollywood, California,
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A Los Angeles city fire truck drives through rain-soaked Vineland Avenue during a storm in North Hollywood, California,
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Orange County workers Ismael Huizar ® and Aaron Jara suction up mud to clean out a culvert in Modjeska Canyon, California January 5, 2008.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Storms battered the western United States on Saturday with strong winds, heavy rains and a blanket of snow that caused widespread power outages, a levee break in Nevada and two deaths in California.
In the Los Angeles-area city of Chino, a woman was swept away in floodwaters when she tried to abandon her stalled car, and in Yuba City, north of Sacramento, a worker was killed when a falling tree struck him, according to a spokesman for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
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FERNLEY, Nevada â€” Heavy snow covered the Northern California mountains and rain and wind hit the U.S. West Coast as a third day of winter storms left at least three people dead and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in California, Oregon and Washington without power.
Forecasters predicted more rain and snow Sunday, but without the severe storms that have pounded the region in recent days. Winter storm warnings were in effect in parts of the region.
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A ruptured levee sent a frigid "wall of water" from a rain-swollen canal into the desert town of Fernley on Saturday, flooding hundreds of homes and forcing the rescue of dozens of people by helicopter and boat.
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No injuries were reported in the flood in the town about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Reno, after a section of the Truckee Canal levee up to 150 feet (45 meters) long broke early Saturday.
Up to 3,500 people were temporarily stranded and an estimated 1,500 ended up being displaced from their homes, Huntley said Saturday night. About 25 people remained at a shelter set up at a high school after a peak of about 150 earlier in the day.
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Parts Of Nevada Under 8 Feet Of Water; 6 Snowmobilers, 2 Skiers Missing In Colorado
A neighborhood near Farm District Road in Fernley, Nev., sits under flood waters on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, after flooding ravaged the area Saturday. State officals, Red Cross and FEMA assessors surveyed the area in a Nevada National Guard Chinook helicopter.
This photo released by Crested Butte Mountain Resort shows ski patrolman preparing the opening of Crested Butte Mountain Resort during a large snow storm on Sunday, Jan., 6, 2008 that covered the Colorado Rockies in the past three days. Accumulative of over 27.5 inches of snow has fallen at Crested Butte in the past three days, and 8 to 10 more inches is expected in the region in the next 24 hours
The levee that broke, flooding homes in Fernley, Nev., and forcing evacuations Saturday, is in the process of being repaired on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008
More than 3,500 people were stranded by the rising waters.
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Zware sneeuw- en regenbuien in het westen van de Verenigde Staten hebben aan drie mensen het leven gekost, terwijl acht mensen worden vermist. Duizenden mensen in CaliforniÃ« en twee andere staten zitten zonder stroom doordat honderden kilometers elektriciteitsleiding het onder de sneeuwvracht begaven.
Vooral in de hoger gelegen gebieden viel veel sneeuw, in de Sierra Nevada maar liefst 3,35 meter. In de bergen van zuidelijk Colorado worden acht personen vermist, twee skieÃ«rs en een gezelschap van zes - twee echtparen en twee kinderen - dat een tocht maakte per sneeuwmobiel. In de bergen van zuidelijk CaliforniÃ« wordt gezocht naar een 62-jarige man die vrijdag vlak voordat de sneeuw begon te vallen aan een trektocht begon.
Op sommige plaatsen zorgt het stormsysteem voor overstromingen. In Fernley in Nevada brak door zware regen een kanaalwand door en kwamen honderden huizen bijna tweeÃ«nhalve meter onder water te staan. De breuk werd gedicht, maar een deel van het water kon niet worden weggepompt omdat zich door de vrieskou ijs vormde.
Het noodweer kostte de afgelopen dagen aan drie mensen het leven, twee in CaliforniÃ« en een in Oregon.
FERNLEY, Nev. â€” Hundreds of homes sat in as much as 8 feet of water Sunday following a canal rupture as freezing weather spread sheets of ice over yards and streets, hindering efforts to get the water to drain away.
Nearly 300 homes were damaged when the canal's bank gave way following heavy rainfall produced by the West Coast storm system that had piled snow as much as 11 feet deep in the Sierra Nevada.
In Fernley, Nev., heavy rainfall ruptured a canal levee, pouring 3 feet of near-freezing water into hundreds of homes, stranding 3,500 people
Thousands of customers were blacked out across the West and many of them in California could remain in the dark for days because the storm ripped down nearly 500 miles of power lines, utility officials said Sunday.
Ashish Patel, right, and his father-in-law Jack Patel, left, unload sandbags in front of their business in Petaluma, Calif.
More than 145,000 homes and businesses in Northern California and the Central Valley were still without power Sunday, down from more than 215,000 earlier in the day, ahead of rain and snow that were forecast to return again soon.
Six snowmobilers and two skiers were reported missing in heavy snow in the mountains of southern Colorado, and one hiker was missing in snow-covered mountains in Southern California.
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President Bush declared part of northern Nevada a national disaster area Tuesday, making federal relief available to victims of flooding that damaged hundreds of homes.
Bush signed the disaster declaration as building inspectors went door to door in the town of Fernley to assess millions of dollars of damage from the flood caused by a break in a century-old irrigation canal early Saturday.
The declaration makes available federal assistance including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, the White House press office said.
It also can be used to make low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the disaster.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also announced that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff pledged assistance to Nevada's flood victims during a telephone call Tuesday afternoon.
"I greatly appreciate Secretary Chertoff taking the time to personally call me and promise that the people of Fernley will get everything they need in the wake of the levee break," Reid said.
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