Severe weather conditions continue to wreak havoc across California, causing widespread damage and destruction in many counties.
With heavy rainfall and flooding, rivers are overflowing, and roads are being swept away, leading to dangerous conditions statewide.
Flash flood warnings are in effect across the north, and the situation is expected to worsen as more rain is forecasted.
Many counties, including Santa Clara, Monterey, and Santa Cruz, remain under flood warnings, with entire neighborhoods being flooded.
Yesterday, in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, homes along the creek couldn’t handle the rain, and sandbags and tarps didn’t do much to stop the water.
More than 40,000 homes and businesses are still without power, and state officials fear that the number of casualties may climb as the storm continues.
So far, at least two people have lost their lives due to the severe weather conditions.
A 72-year-old man was killed by a fallen tree in Santa Cruz, and another driver was found inside a vehicle submerged in floodwaters in Sacramento.
President Joe Biden has approved a state of emergency declaration, which has been requested by Governor Gavin Newsom.
The declaration will provide much-needed relief to the millions of residents who have been hit with severe weather since the beginning of the year.
As more rain is forecasted, officials are warning residents to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to stay safe.
The situation is expected to worsen in the coming days, and people are advised to stay indoors and avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary.