The Last Storm brought much needed rain to California

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on California storms (all times are local):

2:30 pm

The storm that soaked California this week brought much needed rain to the state, which is a decline in drought due to a dry winter that only turned wet and snowy this month.

Preliminary storm data Friday shows a number of great totals for the three days storm, including more than 10 inches (25 cm) of rain in some places in the Sierra Nevada and the central coast, and 31 inches (79 cm) of snow at Tuolumne Meadows in the Sierra.

In the agricultural Central Valley, the farmers say that the storm interrupted some harvesting and delay some of the plants, but that is offset by the advantage of adding more moisture in the ground.


11:45 pm

The safety of the officials are on the site of a small California dam had threatened to fail under the heavy rains.

Spokesman Chris Orrock said Friday that state dam experts were inspecting the Moccasin Dam, near Yosemite National Park in Tuolumne County. Operators are now draining the reservoir behind the weakened 60-foot (18-metre) high dam.

Authorities evacuated about three dozen people Thursday at the water neared the top of the dam. The officials also spotted water seeping through the front of the earthen dam.

The authorities say that the danger of an imminent dam failure was over late Thursday.

The 88-year-old dam is part of the Hetch Hetchy water system that water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area.


7:07 pm

A storm that hit California with heavy rain has moved on, leaving only a few stray showers in its wake.

The storm swelled rivers, flooded streets and triggered water saves about three days, but spared communities a repeat of the deadly debris flow that occurred during a January flood.

Forecasters said Friday that Southern California will see mostly benign weather for the next week. But the break in precipitation will be short for northern and eastern California.

The first of two new weather systems will bring widespread rain and snow in the mountains through the weekend.


12:04 pm

A powerful storm in California that swelled rivers, flooded streets and triggered water rescues in the entire country is on its last gasp.

The three-day storm spared communities a repeat of the deadly debris flows after a flood earlier this year.

But it did dump record rainfall in some parts and unleashed floods that have led to dramatic rescues from Los Angeles, in the South of California all the way to Folsom, about 400 miles (645 km) to the north.

In San Luis Obispo County in central California, emergency responders reported to draw 10 people from the Salinas River on Thursday.

All other flood warnings and watches were set to expire overnight Friday.

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