Rain, wind continue to pound Northern California


Storms that have been linked to at least one death in California and that have caused power failures and a mudslide are expected to continue into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The northern part of the state has been hit hardest by the storms, said Cynthia Palmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, Calif. Areas near Lake Shasta in Shasta County reported the most precipitation for the 24-hour period Friday, with 9.41 inches, Palmer said.

Lighter rain was expected in the region Saturday before another round of storms and wind hit Saturday night and Sunday morning.

“Northern California has really seen the brunt of the precipitation the last few days, and they’ll continue to see the brunt,” Palmer said.

The storms have been linked to the death of a Pacific Gas & Electric worker in West Sacramento who died after the truck he was driving crashed into a traffic signal pole in wet conditions, according to the Associated Press.

The weather delayed flights at San Francisco International Airport and left thousands of people without power in the area, according to the AP.

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was in the dark for a short time Friday because of a power failure, and a mudslide shut down a stretch of California 84 east of Fremont, the AP reported.

In Southern California, precipitation totals have been and will continue to be lower, Palmer said. Scattered showers are expected in the region with a 30 to 50 percent chance of rain over the next two days.

The best chance of rain will be tonight and Monday morning, Palmer said. Precipitation is expected to dissipate Monday night through Tuesday morning.