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Two dead in California as 'weather bomb' wreaks havoc



At least two people have died after a huge Pacific Storm ravaged roads, cut power and opened two sinkholes in southern California.
 
The storm brought heavy rains and cyclone-force winds, prompting the evacuation of more than a hundred homes threatened by mudslides near Los Angeles.


And in the LA area utilities companies said power was out for more than 100,000 customers.


The storm - the strongest to hit the Golden State in at least six years - was at its most fierce late on Friday afternoon, dropping over 8in (20cm) of rain in one area.


It was expected to last until Saturday afternoon.


The storm was a case of "bombogenesis", or "weather bomb", which occurs "when a mid-latitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours", according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A millibar measures atmospheric pressure.


The agency says a "weather bomb" can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters.


One man was found dead in a submerged car in the desert town of Victorville, about 100 miles (160km) east of Los Angeles, officials said.





SKY    News.

 


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