The major weather event called the “Pineapple Express” is leaving northern California and is headed to the south, leaving behind destroyed homes and widespread power outages.
The storm, which has pounded California with up to 10 inches of rain in some areas, is being dubbed the worst in 25 years. The northern and central part of the state suffered power outages, flight cancellation, and at least two deaths have been reported in Oregon.
As the “Pineapple Express” approaches, authorities asked residents of certain at risk areas to evacuate their homes starting at 10 p.m. local time. The Los Angeles suburb of Glendora, where a fire left bare foothills, was one such neighborhood.
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Much of the same will be coming to Los Angeles and San Diego on Friday, with hurricane force winds, and pounding rain just in time for the morning commute. A tweet from the National Weather Service in Los Angeles indicates that several homes are in danger on San Como Lane, located in Camarillo Springs. The photos are dramatic.
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The Pacific Gas and Electric Company said it had restored power to more than 250,000 customers, however, around 14,000 were still waiting late Thursday., according to NBC News.
“It is going to be a rather messy morning for people trying to get to work,” said Michael Palmer, lead meteorologist at The Weather Channel. “People will have to deal with the high winds and there could be pooling on the roadways and even some localized flooding.”
Los Angeles residents can expect one to three-inches of rain in some areas and wind gusts of up to 30 mph throughout the morning, according to Palmer. The “Pineapple Express” will then move on to San Diego, where it should arrive by noon and then continue inland to the west on Friday night. The higher elevations can expect up to six inches of rain and snow in some cases.
The “Pineapple Express” is an atmospheric river of sorts that streams moisture from the Pacific tropics toward the West Coast, according to meteorologists. Hurricane force winds with gusts of up to 147 mph were reported Thursday in some areas.
Some schools have already cancelled classes, and a lot of people are taking the day off or working from home. As the “Pineapple Express” hits Southern California, CalTrans spokesman Bob Haus said, “That’s a good thing.”
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