California braces for worst storm in years


In case you haven’t heard, California is bracing for the storm of the century. While many of us in the drought-stricken state have forgotten what its like to see water falling from the sky, emergency crews across California are bracing for impact.

In places like Sacramento, that means sandbags. In southern California, it means taking measures to protect people and property from high surf.

The city of Seal Beach is not only concerned about the rain, but also the high surf. By Friday, waves could reach 7 to 10 feet with occasional sets of up to 12 to 14 feet. This is why a Beach Hazard Statement is in effect through Saturday evening.

The National Weather Service said the storm is "expected to be one of the strongest storms in terms of wind and rain intensity" since ones in October 2009 and January 2008.

An atmospheric river — known as the "Pineapple Express" — will deliver a steady stream of moisture directly from Hawaii to the West Coast starting Wednesday. Meteorologists use the term to describe a long, narrow plume that pipes moisture from the tropics into the USA.



Top Stories

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 04:51

Physicians and public health officials are reminding the public to get vaccinated against this year’s flu. The warnings come amid widespread activity and 16 flu-related deaths in the state so far.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 04:50

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to challenge a new Trump administration rule for obtaining Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.


Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 05:34

Los Angeles County voters may be asked to pay an additional 6 cents per square foot of property to help bolster firefighting efforts in Southern California.