Feb 17, 2017
LOS ANGELES — A powerful storm hit California with the first in a new series of rainstorms moving across the northern half of the state while the south awaited a rains that forecasters said could be the strongest in years if not decades.
Powerful storm begins to hit California as heavy rain brings risk of flooding
Rain, accompanied by heavy winds, pelted the San Francisco Bay Area, where Marin and Napa counties logged up to an inch of precipitation. San Francisco recorded 1.67 inches for the day, according to the National Weather Service. In Northern California, officials monitoring the stricken Oroville Dam said they were confident the reservoir would handle runoff from the storms because releases have been lowering the lake’s level since its spillways were damaged last week, prompting mass evacuations. People are now back in their home but warned to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.