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Powerful California Storms Leave Thousands Without Power
The strongest Pacific storm in years blew into Southern California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains, leaving thousands without power.
A man struggles against gusty wind and heavy rain as he walks along a pier on Feb. 17, 2017, in Huntington Beach, Calif.
A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off Saturday. But it was only a temporary reprieve as new storms took aim farther north.
A bicyclist rides along a flooded street as a powerful storm moves across Southern California on Friday in Sun Valley, California.
After years of severe drought, heavy winter rains came to the state, and with them, the issuance of flash flood watches in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and the evacuation of hundreds of residents from Duarte, California for fear of flash flooding from areas denuded by a wildfire last year.
A firefighter carries a woman from her car after it was caught in street flooding Friday in Sun Valley.
With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, precautionary evacuations of homes in some neighborhoods were requested due to the potential for mudslides and debris flows.
Stan Ross digs up sand near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, Calif., early Saturday, as he looks for coins and jewelry following Friday's storm that eroded the beach.
Winds gusting to 70 mph or more lashed parts of the region. Heavy rains turned creeks and rivers into brown torrents and released slews of mud from hillsides burned barren by wildfires.