Santa Barbara awakens to emergency alert as storm soaks Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- A second and final day of heavy rains began pummeling Southern California early Thursday morning as Santa Barbara County residents awakened to emergency phone alerts and calls to evacuate wildfire burn areas.

"Flash flood watch in effect for SB County," read the 5:19 a.m. alert. "Leave now if you are still in evac/burn areas."

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Storm brings record rainfall, little damage to Southern California. But the worst may be yet to come

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- A powerful storm moved into Southern California on Wednesday, drenching fire-ravaged neighborhoods and setting several new rainfall records for the day but so far not causing the damage and destruction that some officials feared.

The storm marked a direct hit by an "atmospheric river" system but has proved to be less ...Read more

Battered by fires and floods, beleaguered Montecito braces for more potential destruction

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- It started four months ago, when the largest fire on record in California history besieged this upscale coastal enclave.

Soon after, heavy rains sent tons of mud, boulders and debris crashing into Montecito neighborhoods -- killing 21 people in what was the state's deadliest flooding in decades.

Now, forecasters are ...Read more

California's fire-scarred communities brace for biggest storm of the season

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LOS ANGELES -- An atmospheric river that forecasters are billing as the biggest storm of the season is expected to drench Southern California beginning Tuesday night and will bring with it the potential for mud flows and widespread flooding, the National Weather Service said.

The storm, which is fueled by warm, western Pacific waters, will ...Read more

Powerful East Coast storm kills 9, triggers coastal flooding and leaves millions without power

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A powerful winter storm that pummeled the Northeast, killing at least nine and leaving 2 million homes and businesses without power, unleashed heavy rain and snow but inflicted its deadliest damage with fierce winds.

The death toll had stood at eight until Saturday night, when police in Andover, N.J., reported that a man was killed after coming...Read more

Nor'easter slamming East Coast with heavy rain, snow and strong winds

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NEW YORK -- Following days of mild temperatures and hints of spring as the calendar approached March, winter returned to the Northeast with a bang Friday, as rain and snow drove down in sheets and winds blew at gale force, prompting dire warnings of coastal flooding, dangerous sea conditions and power outages.

"As the saying goes, March is ...Read more

Dry, hot California winter closes ski resorts, stalls wildflower blooms and revives drought fears

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TRUCKEE, Calif. -- In the Sierra Nevada, snowpack levels are running below even the darkest days of the drought, with cross-country ski resorts closed and mountain biking becoming the sport of choice until the snow returns.

In the Bay Area, cities like San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Rosa are experiencing the hottest starts to a year on ...Read more

Tsunami alert startles East and Gulf coasts

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PHILADELPHIA -- And you thought the Philadelphia Eagles' improbable Super Bowl win was a seismic event.

Some Jersey Shore residents were startled Tuesday morning when their cellphones went off with a tsunami alert that rippled all along the East, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coasts. It turned out to be a false alarm.

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What's the chance for a 'normal' rain year now? Grim, if history is a gauge

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hoping for a March Miracle to bail out California's dry winter? It's not likely.

A review of more than 100 years of rainfall records of major cities in California -- including San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Rosa, Redding and Fresno -- shows that none have ever finished the rainy season with normal rainfall totals ...Read more

Amid record heat in Southern California, fears of new drought

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LOS ANGELES -- January in Southern California is typically marked by rain, chilly temperatures and snow-capped mountains.

But this month is ending on a decidedly hot and dry note, with umbrellas and sweaters giving way to bathing suits and air conditioning.

The region is in the midst of a heat wave that on Monday brought record high ...Read more

Icy roads cause hundreds of crashes, at least 4 deaths in Chicago area

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CHICAGO -- Hundreds of traffic crashes, at least four of them fatal, were reported Wednesday morning as freezing rain glazed roads in the Chicago area.

Illinois State Police reported more than 200 crashes alone in its district in the Joliet area.

The fatal crashes included a fiery collision between a car and semi in Riverdale, another ...Read more

California county issued conflicting evacuation warnings before deadly Montecito mudslides

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LOS ANGELES -- In the days before deadly mudslides devastated Montecito, Santa Barbara County officials released conflicting evacuation instructions that left some hard-hit neighborhoods out of the warning zone.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office posted on its website and on Facebook a list of voluntary and mandatory evacuation areas for...Read more

At least six people killed in Montecito mudslides were in voluntary evacuation zones; 11 others on border

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LOS ANGELES -- At least six of the 21 people killed in the devastating mudslides in Montecito nearly two weeks ago were in voluntary evacuation zones, while 11 others were along the border of the voluntary and mandatory evacuation areas, authorities said Sunday.

Four people who died were swept away from neighborhoods under mandatory evacuation ...Read more

As Montecito cleanup continues, a search for where to dump thousands of tons of mud

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- For days, crews have filled dozens of dump trucks with tangled metal, tire tread, mud and tree branches they cleared from the mudslide wreckage in Montecito.

This week they discarded at least 3,500 tons -- or about 7 million pounds -- of the muck at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, where it will be stored temporarily until ...Read more

Deep South grapples with yet another winter storm

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ATLANTA -- People across the Deep South hunkered down Tuesday as yet another frigid winter storm blanketed the region in snow, sleet and ice, shutting down interstates, canceling flights and prompting officials to close schools and government offices.

Before dawn, flurries of snow fell across parts of Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee, causing ...Read more

Rain expected this week may hamper Montecito and freeway cleanup efforts

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LOS ANGELES -- Rain expected later this week could hamper the cleanup process for crews trying to remove tons of debris and mud from Montecito and surrounding areas, after mud flows killed 20 people and destroyed more than 100 homes last week.

The area is far from recovered from last week's deluge. Officials say three people are still missing, ...Read more

A week after California mudslides, Trump sends condolences in press statement

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WASHINGTON -- Nearly a week after horrific mudslides hit California's Central Coast and killed at least 20 people, President Donald Trump sent his condolences to those affected in his first public statement on the disaster.

The two-sentence statement was released by the White House press secretary on Monday.

"The President has been briefed and...Read more

Montecito victims mourned as toll rises to 20

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- Soon after the sun set over Santa Barbara, Ann Hagan grabbed a marker and wrote a short message to the 20 strangers who died in the devastating Montecito mudslides.

"In our hearts," she wrote before signing her name on a whiteboard put up at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

Hagan was one of thousands of people who ...Read more

Buried in mud, Montecito faces a daunting cleanup with no end in sight

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- The cobbled parking lots outside boutiques are empty. The Italian trattoria known as Oprah Winfrey's favorite haunt is shuttered, as is the Four Seasons resort owned by Ty Warner, the Beanie Babies tycoon.

A place famous for coastal affluence and extravagance is now unlivable and grappling with one basic and primitive ...Read more

When debris flowed, Montecito families had little chance to flee

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- The realization that houses might simply vanish didn't start to set in until a 30-foot tree trunk barreled by.

Trina Grokenberger stared out the upstairs window of her white Colonial house Tuesday morning, as a river raged through her front yard.

It was 3:58 a.m.

"Dave!" she called to her husband. "We can't leave now, ...Read more