In recent weeks, parts of California and Nevada saw a lot of flooding causing a number of deaths. Experts have dubbed the weather system, Pineapple Express, which has caused a lot of damage in areas along the river banks. In fact, climatologists did not see such a strong storm in more than a decade. As a result of the flooding, the water also reached areas, which usually remain dry in this season.
Perhaps, one of the most talked about natural calamities is the destruction of the famed Pioneer Cabin Tree, which could not resist high winds and floods. As a result, the thousand year old tree famed for its carved tunnel fell down. According to the latest press release, areas around California received massive rain as much as 4 to 8 inches in some areas forcing waters to reach areas around the national park.
Besides property damage, there were also a number of deaths reported in the local media. The cause of these deaths was directly to the severe rain storm. A women was hit by a falling tree while walking on the road. Similarly, a motorist involved in a crash on Interstate 880 in Fremont. Another motorist was drowned in the flash flood near the Oakland airport.
Videos posted online indicated water damage at the banks of Cosumnes River, southeast of Sacramento; the Napa River near St. Helena; and the south fork of the Yuba River in the Tahoe area. Major news agencies are also covering incidents where pedestrians and motorists are hampered by rising water and mud. As many roads are impassable, thousands of people in California are stuck at their houses without the electricity.
Despite heavy rains, it is also interesting that experts do not see these floods as a reprieve for drought-like conditions in certain areas of California. As such, San Joaquin Valley and the Central Coast remain severely parched. According to Michael Anderson, the state climatologist, location of the flood matter, which means that there will be a lot of areas in the vicinity, which will still not get any water. Without a doubt, such rare conditions should ring alarm bells as this may be yet another sign of the global warming climate conditions, which are often difficult to explain.