Historic Levels of Rainfall in California Storms (12 photos)

This post is by Pierre-Louis Ferrer from The Atlantic Photo

More than seven inches of rain fell on Los Angeles over Sunday and Monday, making it the wettest two-day period in decades—about half of the region’s average yearly rainfall poured down in 48 hours. The second storm in a long-duration atmospheric river brought high winds, flooding, and mudslides that have destroyed houses and cut power to more than 1 million people across Southern California.

Two rescue workers help a person escape a flood, walking through waist-deep water.
Firefighters rescue a woman from a homeless encampment that became surrounded by floodwater in the Santa Ana River during a rainstorm in San Bernardino, California, on February 5, 2024.

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