Storms bring powerful floods to California's Fresno County

The latest Pacific storm unleashed torrential downpours and damaging winds in California on Tuesday (January 10), with mudslides cutting off highways and entire communities facing evacuation orders.

The state was already reeling from the effects of heavy rainfall the previous day, as footage posted on social media showed water roaring down a cliff face and beside roads in Fresno county on Monday (January 9).

The treacherous weather is expected to dump as much as 18 cm (7 inches) of rain in some parts of California by Wednesday (January 11), the National Weather Service warned.

Experts say the growing frequency and intensity of such storms, interspersed with extreme heat and dry spells, are symptoms of climate change.

(Source: Reuters)

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