Heavy rains leave California capital flooded

Authorities across northern California spent Monday (October 25) inspecting damage from a powerful storm that drenched the state, triggering mudslides and flooding, while heavy winds toppled utility poles and downed trees in what meteorologists called a "bomb cyclone."

At least 13 inches of rain dropped in some counties, according to the National Weather Service. Sacramento County saw as much as 8 inches of rain.

Officials described the storm as a "bomb cyclone," an intense weather event when the barometric pressure drops quickly.

The storm follows the busiest wildfire season in California history and heightens threats of flash flooding. Much of the region is in severe, extreme or exceptional drought, as classified by the US Drought Monitor.

(Source: Reuters)

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