A massive storm is affecting the western United States, dropping heavy rain and causing floods, mudslides, and evacuations. Significant flooding is expected in parts of drought-stricken California and western Nevada. At least three people have lost their lives by Monday, January 9, 2017. A series of Pacific storm systems will continue to impact the region through midweek, NWS warned, bringing periods of rain and snow, some of which could be heavy, to many areas.
The storm, stretching all the way from Hawaii, has prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes in northern Nevada and triggered flooding and mudslides that blocked major highways and stranded motorists in Northern California on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
A wind gust of 278 km/h (173 mph) was measured in the Sierras. A state of emergency has been declared in Nevada… [read and watch videos]