Winter storm Nadia: Heavy snow and rain trigger mandatory “must go now” evacuations, mudslides, crashes, road closures, and leave tens of thousands without power in California

Winter Storm Nadia continued to slam the Pacific Northwest and Northern California with heavy snow and rain Wednesday, causing multiple crashes and road closures, widespread flooding, travel woes, mudslides and debris flows, leaving tens of thousands without power in California.

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The California city of Redding, which sees snow about once every other year, received more than a foot of new snow from Nadia, effectively shutting down the city of nearly 100,000. Roads were impassable and much of the city’s homes and businesses lost power as inches of heavy snow weighed down power lines.

We’ve been here since 2002 and we’ve had snow maybe four times, but nothing like this,” local resident Chris Belcastro told SF Gate. “Branches as big as four inches around just snapped off. It’s just a really heavy snow.

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Heavy rain triggered numerous mudslides and localized flooding Wednesday in California.

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A woman was rescued from her Sausalito home Thursday after it slid down a hillside and crashed into another one. The woman was reportedly “pinned within the debris in her home” and was “encased in mud.”

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The incident prompted officials to evacuate 50 homes in the vicinity because of the risk of more slides and possible broken gas lines and downed power lines.

Southern California

In Southern California, mandatory “must go now” evacuations were ordered at the burn site of the Holy Fire in Riverside County, including hundreds of Lake Elsinore residents. Voluntary evacuations were also ordered near the Cranston Fire burn site in Riverside County.

There have been at least 78 reports of debris flows or flooding in California since the storm began on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 5763 encountered severe turbulence after taking off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, bound for Seattle.

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Local reports said five people were injured on the flight that had 59 passengers. The plane was diverted to Reno, where the injured passengers were treated.

More than 103,000 customers were without power in the Golden State Thursday morning due to a combination of winter weather and impacts from the warm side of Winter Storm Nadia.

Northern California

The storm brought strong winds to the Bay Area, and at San Francisco International Airport, delays exceeded three hours on Wednesday. At least 17 flights have already been canceled for Thursday.

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One person suffered minor injuries in Monterey County after a tree fell onto a home.

Flooding, along with water rescues, was reported in the Bay Area along and west of Highway 116 in Sonoma County. To the south, additional water rescues occurred along flooded roads, and at Pebble Beach, winds blew a large tree onto a vehicle at the front gate.

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The risk of mudslides prompted Caltrans to close Highway 1 south of Big Sur as a precautionary measure. High winds knocking down power lines and flooding forced numerous other road closures throughout the state on Wednesday.

On Thursday, northbound Highway 17 near Santa Cruz was closed after a tree fell on a semi-trailer and State Route 29 between Napa Junction and South Kelly Road is closed until further notice because of flooding.

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The California Highway Patrol told traffic accidents and other problems in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Rosa were being reported at a rate of more than one per minute on Wednesday.

Wind gusts damaged the Washington Academic Middle School in Sanger, California, early Wednesday.

A second round of moderate to heavy rain is possible in the lower elevations of California, including San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles on Thursday.

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California’s city of ash: Shocking pictures show devastation caused by the Carr Fire, which is now larger than Salt Lake City

  • On Friday in Shasta County, the evening sun combined with the still smoky air to produce a milky glow
  • The light illuminated the shattered remains of houses and the skeletons of thousands of charred trees 
  • On Saturday, 3,400 firefighters still battling 48,300-acre Carr Fire which is only three percent contained

These eerie images show the devastation left by wildfires raging through northern California, which have left two firefighters dead and destroyed 500 homes, as officials warned another 5,000 properties are still threatened.

On Friday, the evening sun combined with the smoky air to produce a milky glow, which illuminated the shattered remains of houses and the skeletons of thousands of charred trees.

In the communities scorched by the blaze, the air is thick with the smell of smoke and chemicals, as the so-called Carr Fire continues to move through Shasta County like a freight train.

On Saturday morning, some 3,400 firefighters on the ground and in helicopters continued to battle the 125 miles fire as it ripped through the city of Redding, while blazes continued to rage elsewhere in the state.

In the communities scorched by the blaze, such as Lake Keswick Estates in Redding (pictured), the Friday air was thick with the smell of smoke and chemicals, as the so-called Carr Fire continues to move through Shasta County like a freight train

Two vehicles that endured the Carr Fire, one with minor cosmetic damage and one destroyed, rest among leveled homes in the Lake Keswick Estates area of Redding on Friday evening

Two vehicles that endured the Carr Fire, one with minor cosmetic damage and one destroyed, rest among leveled homes in the Lake Keswick Estates area of Redding on Friday evening

California Highway Patrol officer Gavin Graham surveys homes leveled by the Carr Fire in Lake Keswick Estates on Friday. The fire is still only three percent contained after igniting six days ago

California Highway Patrol officer Gavin Graham surveys homes leveled by the Carr Fire in Lake Keswick Estates on Friday. The fire is still only three percent contained after igniting six days ago

 

The fire, which was just three percent contained after igniting six days ago, has been fed by high temperatures and low humidity, which were expected for at least the next week, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott.

‘This fire is a long way from done,’ he said.

Gusty winds reaching 60mph have fanned the flames creating ‘firenadoes’, which are strong enough to flip cars ‘like toys, according to fire service spokesman Scott McLean.

The fire began on Monday with a mechanical failure of a vehicle. It grew completely out of control on Thursday, tearing through two small communities and reaching the city of Redding.

Tens of thousands of people fled the city in fear of their lives from the blaze.

In the small northern California community of Keswick, only a handful of homes remain.

The flames so thoroughly ate up homes that it’s difficult to tell how many once stood above the pile of ash and smoking rubble that remains.

Somewhere in there was the home of Shyla and Jason Campbell.

Jason Campbell, a firefighter, was six hours away battling a wildfire burning near Yosemite Valley when the Carr Fire moved in on his home and family.

Shyla Campbell, 32, said it was nearly 2 a.m. Thursday when she got an official alert to evacuate.

‘It’s huge flames, it’s coming up the hill, and everyone’s out and we’re watching it, then it goes down, and everyone’s like, ‘Oh it’s going out,’ ‘ she said. ‘And I’m like, ‘No, it’s going down the mountain and it’s going to come back up the next ridge.’ ‘

She was right.

The family spent the night at a hotel. When Jason Campbell returned from the blaze he was fighting on Friday, he found his own home had gone up in flames, along with an RV and a boat.

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Mark Peterson, who lost his home in the Carr Fire, gives water to goats that survived the blaze on Friday in the city of Redding, California

Mark Peterson, who lost his home in the Carr Fire, gives water to goats that survived the blaze on Friday in the city of Redding, California

Gusty winds reaching 60mph have fanned the flames creating ‘firenadoes’, which are strong enough to flip cars ‘like toys, according to fire service spokesman Scott McLean. Pictured: Leveled homes in the Lake Keswick area on Friday

Gusty winds reaching 60mph have fanned the flames creating ‘firenadoes’, which are strong enough to flip cars ‘like toys, according to fire service spokesman Scott McLean. Pictured: Leveled homes in the Lake Keswick area on Friday

The flames so thoroughly ate up homes in Keswick that it's difficult to tell how many once stood above the pile of ash and smoking rubble that remains

The flames so thoroughly ate up homes in Keswick that it’s difficult to tell how many once stood above the pile of ash and smoking rubble that remains

The fire began on Monday with a mechanical failure of a vehicle. It grew completely out of control on Thursday, tearing through two small communities and reaching the city of Redding, which is pictured on Friday

The fire began on Monday with a mechanical failure of a vehicle. It grew completely out of control on Thursday, tearing through two small communities and reaching the city of Redding, which is pictured on Friday

The Campbells’ home of five years is among at least 500 structures that officials say were destroyed by the fire, which also swept through the historic Gold Rush town of Shasta and hit homes in Redding, a city of 92,000 about 100 miles south of the Oregon border.

‘It’s tough,’ Shyla Campbell said Friday from the city of Shasta Lake. ‘I just have to figure out where we’re going to stay. We’re just trying to stay away from the fire.’

So are about 37,000 people who remain under evacuation orders Friday. Nearly 5,000 homes in the area were being threatened by the 75-square-mile (194-square-kilometer) blaze, which is just five percent contained.

Thousands of people scrambled to escape before the walls of flames descended from forested hills onto their neighborhoods Thursday.

Residents who gathered their belongings in haste described a chaotic and congested getaway as the embers blew up to a mile ahead of flames and the fire leaped across the wide Sacramento River and torched subdivisions in Redding.

Redding police chief Roger Moore was among those who lost their homes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Greg and Terri Hill evacuated their Redding home of 18 years Thursday night with little more than their medications, photo albums, clothes and firearms, assuming they’d be back in a few days.

But when they returned Friday, virtually nothing was left of their home but fine particles of ash.

The remains were smoldering so hot, they couldn’t get too close to see if anything survived.

‘It’s pretty emotional,’ Terri Hill said. ‘I know it’s just stuff. A lot of memories. But we’ll make new memories and get new stuff. Everybody’s safe.’

A partially burned boat floats on Whiskeytown Lake during the Carr fire near Whiskeytown, California, on Friday, near where to more than 100 homes were burned

A partially burned boat floats on Whiskeytown Lake during the Carr fire near Whiskeytown, California, on Friday, near where to more than 100 homes were burned

There are more fires elsewhere in the state. This photo shows a blaze over Apple Canyon caused by the Cranston Fire near Idyllwild, San Bernardino, on Friday

There are more fires elsewhere in the state. This photo shows a blaze over Apple Canyon caused by the Cranston Fire near Idyllwild, San Bernardino, on Friday

An eagle ornament at the top of a damaged flag pole is seen against the setting sun during the Carr fire in Redding, California, on Friday

An eagle ornament at the top of a damaged flag pole is seen against the setting sun during the Carr fire in Redding, California, on Friday

The flames moved so fast that firefighters working in oven-like temperatures and bone-dry conditions had to drop efforts to battle the blaze at one point to help people escape. Pictured: The Carr Fire near Redding on Friday

The flames moved so fast that firefighters working in oven-like temperatures and bone-dry conditions had to drop efforts to battle the blaze at one point to help people escape. Pictured: The Carr Fire near Redding on Friday

Firefighters gather on a roadside near the Cranston Fire near Idyllwild in San Bernardino County on Friday. The fire has been made worse by strong winds

Firefighters gather on a roadside near the Cranston Fire near Idyllwild in San Bernardino County on Friday. The fire has been made worse by strong winds

The Hills fled before they were told to, knowing danger was afoot when the power went out and helicopters suddenly began flying low over their home.

Liz Williams loaded up two kids in her car and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbors trying to retreat from Lake Redding Estates.

She eventually jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and ‘booked it.’

‘I’ve never experienced something so terrifying in my life,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know if the fire was just going to jump out behind a bush and grab me and suck me in.’

The flames moved so fast that firefighters working in oven-like temperatures and bone-dry conditions had to drop efforts to battle the blaze at one point to help people escape.

Two firefighters were killed in the blaze, Redding fire inspector Jeremy Stoke and a bulldozer operator whose name wasn’t immediately released. He was the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks.

Elsewhere in the state, large fires continued to burn outside Yosemite National Park and in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs.

Yosemite National Park officials said Friday that the park won’t reopen to everyone until the afternoon of August 3.

Keela Brilz (right) holds her dog Zoe who was returned safely to her at her burned home in Redding in Friday. Elsewhere, people have not been able to return

Keela Brilz (right) holds her dog Zoe who was returned safely to her at her burned home in Redding in Friday. Elsewhere, people have not been able to return

Greg and Terri Hill stand in front of the charred remains of their home in Redding. Elsewhere in the state, large fires continued to burn outside Yosemite National Park and in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs

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2 killed, hundreds of structures destroyed as explosive Carr Fire blazes into Redding, California

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist

July 28, 2018, 1:49:20 PM EDT

The deadly Carr Fire burning in Northern California continues to threaten thousands of homes in Redding, California, after nearly doubling in size on Friday night.

The raging inferno has killed two people since igniting on Monday, July 23, after the mechanical failure of a vehicle, according to Cal Fire.

On Thursday, a bulldozer operator was killed while working to clear vegetation in the path of the blaze, according to a statement from Cal Fire. Three firefighters have suffered burns.

Officials announced early Friday that a Redding city firefighter had died battling the blaze.

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The wildfire, which has consumed over 80,000 acres with minimal containment, jumped the Sacramento River on Thursday night and headed toward the city of Redding, which is home to nearly 92,000 people.

The erratic nature of the blaze has made the fire difficult to contain.

“[The Carr Fire] was moving all over the place,” Mike Mohler, deputy communications director for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the Los Angeles Times.

AccuWeather meteorologist and volunteer firefighter Evan Duffey is concerned that the fire can continue to create its own weather and more hazards and strains for firefighters.

“Given the high temperatures in the region reaching well in the 100s and how dry it has been, the chances of extreme fire danger are high,” Duffey said.

“Rapidly rising air caused by the extreme heat helps the fire to grow explosively as the fire will create its own wind, as well as fire vortices (firenadoes) and tree crowning (when the leaves get engulfed by flames), even on otherwise calm days.”

No relief from the triple-digit heat is expected to come to Redding or the neighboring lower elevations this weekend or next week. In addition to the threat of more evacuations, residents will have to contend with smoke creating poor air quality.

It is best to limit time outdoors and avoid strenuous activities amid the smoky conditions. It is especially important that the elderly, children and those with respiratory issues follow these precautions.

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On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance. The request includes Department of Defense air assets and supplies and water for the evacuated residents of Shasta County.

Nearly 5,000 structures are threatened. At least 500 structures have been destroyed, while another 75 were damaged.

Around 37,000 people were under evacuation orders on Friday, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Thousands of Redding residents remain without power. Redding Electric Utilityannounced that power was shut off to most of north Redding at the request of fire authorities and to maintain system stability.

“Restoration time of the outage is unknown at this point, but please know that Redding Electric Utility is doing all it can to maintain system integrity while keeping the needs of the residents of Redding in mind,” the utility said.

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A structure burns as the Carr Fire races along Highway 299 near Redding, Calif., on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Mile-long traffic jams were reported on area roadways as people were forced to evacuate quickly.

Many firefighters turned their attention from battling the blaze to helping people flee the raging inferno.

As a precautionary measure, Redding’s Mercy Medical Center evacuated all of its neonatal intensive care unit patients on Thursday night. The hospital remains fully operational otherwise.

“Really we’re in a life-saving mode right now in Redding,” Jonathan Cox, battalion chief with Cal Fire, said via the AP. “We’re not fighting a fire. We’re trying to move people out of the path of it because it is now deadly and it is now moving at speeds and in ways we have not seen before in this area.”

Over 3,400 total personnel are working to contain the blaze.

Dozens of boats on Whiskeytown Lake, located about 10 miles west of Redding, were burned.

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Cars scorched by the Carr Fire rest at a residence in Redding, Calif., on Friday, July 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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Thousands evacuated due to fast-moving California wildfire

The Holiday Fire is one of more than three dozen major blazes burning across the US west

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Thousands were force to leave their homes in Santa Barbara County on Saturday as a fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds and triple-digit temperatures destroyed 20 homes and other buildings, and officials declared a local emergency.

The Holiday Fire, one of more than three dozen major blazes burning across the US west, broke out on Friday evening near the beach community of Goleta, California, south of Santa Barbara, and raced through the seaside foothills.

The flames forced more than 2,000 people to flee their homes, and left thousands more without power, prompting the emergency declaration which frees additional funds for the firefighting effort.

About 350 firefighters took advantage of a period of light winds early on Saturday to contain as much as possible of the blaze, which has burned through 50 to 80 acres (20 to 32 hectares), fire officials said.

“It was a small fire but it had a powerful punch to it,” spokesman Mike Eliason said.

Dozens of blazes have broken out across the western US, fanned by scorching heat, winds and low humidity in a particularly intense fire season.

This year’s fires had burned more than 2.9 million acres (1.17 million hectares) through Friday, already more than the annual average of about 2.4 million acres (971,000 hectares) over the last 10 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

On Friday, the remains of an unidentified person were found near a home burned to the ground by the Klamathon fire, which broke out on Thursday near California’s border with Oregon. It marked the first fatality of the fire season in California.

The Klamathon, which has destroyed 15 structures and blackened nearly 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares), was only 5% contained as of Saturday.

Elsewhere in northern California, the County Fire has charred 88,375 acres (35,764 hectares) in sparsely populated wooded areas of Napa and Yolo Counties.

About 3,660 firefighters faced with inaccessible terrain, high temperatures and low humidity, were battling the fire, which was only 48% contained. It has destroyed 10 structures, damaged two and threatened 110.

In Colorado, officials said crews had made “much progress” battling the Spring Creek fire, which broke out on 27 June and has consumed 106,985 acres (43,295 hectares). It was 43% contained on Saturday, officials said. (Click to Source)

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Rain Tests Again Confirm 4 Geoengineering Related Metals: Skies Are Being Sprayed

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By Markab AlgediNatural Blaze

From my personal observation, the spraying in Northern California has significantly decreased in general since the escalation I witnessed in 2016 and to a lesser extent the first half of 2017: the skies being sprayed with geoengineering materials. This article will make the case that rain tests performed in Northern California are solid evidence that the sky is being sprayed with metals.

However on most days you can still see the skies hazed out, although for some reason at least in Sacramento the material seems to fall down to cause symptoms less intensely than it did in 2016.

In San Francisco particularly, the spraying is very apparent right now. Patrick Roddie, a renowned and celebrated geoengineering researcher has been taking videos of the spraying above his city.

 

The rain tests were performed by the certified, NELAP accredited laboratory McCampbell Analytical, Inc., in Pittsburg, California.

A March 13, 2018 analysis of rain collected in San Francisco the previous day was confirmed to contain 42 micrograms per liter of aluminum, 4 micrograms per liter of barium, 4.4 micrograms per liter of strontium, and significant amounts of iron and titanium. A PDF for that report can be found here.

 

Then, a rain test was performed on a sample collected in San Francisco on March 20, and it contained 57 micrograms per liter of aluminum, 5.3 micrograms per liter of barium, and 360 micrograms per liter of sulfur. The full PDF for that report can be found here.

 

The sulfur is another material cited by geoengineers as what they want to spray the skies with. Anybody can research David Keith and his proposed spraying of materials like this into the stratosphere as an alleged test, from balloons.

People who aren’t naive and can recognize the validity of evidence like this will probably agree that somebody is already spraying the skies. Why else would this exact same unusual proportion of geoengineering related materials be found in rain tests, that perfectly precede when one can visually recognize that the skies have been sprayed?

If you believe that this is a very small amount of these materials, let’s take a look at one of their previous rain tests from 2016.

4,700 micrograms per liter of aluminum was detected in a hard hitting rain test from nearby Sacramento, California just about exactly 2 years ago in March 2016, as we reported back then.


This is a photo taken of the sky in North Sacramento, California at the exact same time that rain test was taken. I took this photo, it is from this video.

It seems to me that certain, extremely accurate rain samples can be taken that contain something like thousands of micrograms of aluminum per liter, and those are representative of how much is being sprayed, but it is just as easy to obtain a less potent sample simply by chance.

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