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Jan 3, 2023, 7:05 PM | Updated: Jan 4, 2023, 11:06 pm
Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wed...

Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

(Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A man fills sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              In this photo provided by Caltrans District 1, crews work at removing multiple fallen trees blocking U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County near Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (Caltrans District 1 via AP)
            
              A man loads the back of his car with sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A man fills sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              In this photo provided by Caltrans District 1, crews work at removing multiple fallen trees blocking U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County near Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (Caltrans District 1 via AP)
            
              A man loads the back of his car with sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A man fills sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              In this photo provided by Caltrans District 1, crews work at removing multiple fallen trees blocking U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County near Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (Caltrans District 1 via AP)
            
              A man loads the back of his car with sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A man fills sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              In this photo provided by Caltrans District 1, crews work at removing multiple fallen trees blocking U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County near Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (Caltrans District 1 via AP)
            
              A man loads the back of his car with sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A man fills sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              In this photo provided by Caltrans District 1, crews work at removing multiple fallen trees blocking U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County near Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (Caltrans District 1 via AP)
            
              A man loads the back of his car with sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A man fills sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              In this photo provided by Caltrans District 1, crews work at removing multiple fallen trees blocking U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County near Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (Caltrans District 1 via AP)
            
              A man loads the back of his car with sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A man fills sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              A man loads the back of his car with sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              In this photo provided by Caltrans District 1, crews work at removing multiple fallen trees blocking U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County near Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (Caltrans District 1 via AP)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A man fills sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              A man loads the back of his car with sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              In this photo provided by Caltrans District 1, crews work at removing multiple fallen trees blocking U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County near Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (Caltrans District 1 via AP)
            
              A man loads the back of his car with sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              A man fills sandbags, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              In this photo provided by Caltrans District 1, crews work at removing multiple fallen trees blocking U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County near Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A major winter storm approached California on Wednesday causing crews to rush to clear storm drains in preparation for flooding and strong winds, as parts of the Midwest dealt with snow, ice or tornadoes, and the South recovered from strong overnight storms. (Caltrans District 1 via AP)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Kelly Orth works his way out of waist deep snow in front of his home in Apple Valley, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              A life-size model of a T-Rex is caked in fresh snow along Portland Avenue S. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.(David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Cross country skiers ski in 10 plus inches of fresh snow at Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails - The Loppet Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Twin Cities has received about 10 inches of snow so far and is expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Heavy snowfall hampers mobility on King's Highway in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Snowstorm continues as accumulation hampers movement in city. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Katrina Hosley is covered in a crust of snow as she uses her snowblower for the fourth time in one morning during a snowstorm in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.(Erin Woodiel/The Argus Leader via AP)
            
              Troy Jensen uses a snowblower as a snowstorm blankets Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (Erin Woodiel/The Argus Leader via AP)
            
              A snowstorm buries a parked car in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (Erin Woodiel/The Argus Leader via AP)
            
              Icicles hang from the roof of a home during a snowstorm in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (Erin Woodiel/The Argus Leader via AP)
            
              The Cathedral of St. Joseph is barely visible during a snowstorm in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (Erin Woodiel/The Argus Leader via AP)
            
              Snow covers tree branches during a snowstorm in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (Erin Woodiel/The Argus Leader via AP)
            
              Snow covers roads and cars after a snowstorm hits Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (Erin Woodiel/The Argus Leader via AP)
            
              A truck spins its wheels in deep snowdrifts during a snowstorm in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (Erin Woodiel/The Argus Leader via AP)
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              Morgan McCluckie, 27, distributes heaters to people experiencing homelessness on the side of the Dan Ryan Expressway in the West Loop in Chicago, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. The Arctic blast brought wind chills down to as low as 40 degrees Friday. (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
            
              Pedestrians walk as snow falls in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. An Arctic front is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of snow and below freezing temperatures. (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
            
              A pedestrian walks along Roosevelt Road in the West Loop as the Chicago skyline is seen in the background, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. The Arctic blast brought wind chills down to as low as 40 degrees Friday.  (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
            
              A commuter holds the hood of her jacket as she walks from the bus stop on Roosevelt Road in the West Loop in Chicago, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. The Arctic blast brought wind chills down to as low as 40 degrees Friday. (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
            
              Seagulls fly over the Chicago Harbor Lock near Navy Pier as sea fog hangs above Lake Michigan in Chicago, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. The Arctic blast brought wind chills down to as low as 40 degrees Friday.  (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
            
              Owner Matthew Coric climbs over a metal flood gate his family members helped install in front of Pink Onion, a pizzeria in the Mission District in San Francisco on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Pink Onion saw serious flooding and damage Saturday. Coric and family members were preparing for an upcoming storm. (Salgu Wissmath/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              Ifeyinwa Nzerem loads sandbags into her car after picking them up from an emergency distribution site to prepare her home for an upcoming storm, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in San Francisco. (Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              Ifeyinwa Nzerem puts down sandbags in an attempt to prevent flooding from an upcoming storm, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in San Francisco. Nzerem's home is on a hill in the Silver Terrace neighborhood and her backyard flooded in last week's storm. Nzerem hopes to prevent flooding this time with sandbags she picked up from the city's emergency distribution site. (Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              People line up in their vehicles as workers verify their addresses, for eligibility to receive free sandbags from an emergency distribution center to prepare for an upcoming storm, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in San Francisco. (Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              Angelo Coric, center, the owner's father, and Feliciano Cinta, right, pasta chef, help install a metal flood gate in front of Pink Onion, a pizzeria in the Mission District in San Francisco, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in preparation fo storms. Pink Onion saw serious flooding and damage on Saturday in the wake of a storm. (Salgu Wissmath/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials in California ordered evacuations in a high-risk coastal area where mudslides killed 23 people in 2018 as a huge storm barreled into the state Wednesday, bringing high winds and rain that threatened widespread flooding and knocked out power to more than 100,000 people.

The storm was expected to dump up to 6 inches (152.4 millimeters) of rain in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area where most of the region would remain under flood warnings into late Thursday night. In Southern California, the storm was expected to peak in intensity overnight into early Thursday morning with Santa Barbara and Ventura counties likely to see the most rain, forecasters said.

“We anticipate that this may be one of the most challenging and impactful series of storms to touch down in California in the last five years,” said Nancy Ward, the new director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said at a news conference that the city was “preparing for a war.” Crews cleared clogged storm drains, tried to move homeless people into shelters and passed out emergency supplies and ponchos to those who refused to go.

The city distributed so many sandbags to residents that supplies temporarily ran out.

Powerful winds gusting to 85 mph (136 kmh) or more forced the cancellation of more than 70 flights at San Francisco International Airport and downed trees and power lines. Firefighters rescued a family after a tree fell onto their car. The fire department reported “large pieces of glass” fell off the Fox Plaza tower near the Civic Center, although no injuries were reported. It was “highly possible” the damage to the skyscraper was wind-related, the department tweeted.

The new storm left more than 100,000 customers in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast without power.

The storm is one of three so-called atmospheric river storms in the last week to reach the drought-stricken state. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to allow for a quick response and to aid in cleanup from another powerful storm that hit just days earlier.

In Southern California, evacuations were ordered for those living in areas burned by three recent wildfires in Santa Barbara County, where heavy rain forecast for overnight could cause widespread flooding and unleash debris flows.

County officials did not have a firm number for how many people were under evacuation orders, but Susan Klein-Rothschild, a spokesperson in the county’s emergency operations center, said sheriff’s deputies went door-to-door and contacted at least 480 people.

Among the towns ordered to evacuate was Montecito, where five years ago huge boulders, mud and debris swept down mountains through the town to the shoreline, killing 23 people and destroying more than 100 homes. The town is home to many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan.

“What we’re talking about here is a lot of water coming off the top of the hills, coming down into the creeks and streams and as it comes down, it gains momentum and that’s what the initial danger is,” Montecito Fire Department Chief Kevin Taylor said.

Elsewhere, a 45-mile (72-kilometer) stretch of the coastal Highway 1 running through Big Sur was closed Wednesday evening in anticipation of flooding and rock falls. Further north, a 25-mile (40-kilometer) stretch of Highway 101 was closed due to several downed trees.

Drivers were urged to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, especially with heavy snow expected in the mountains.

The storm came days after a New Year’s Eve downpour led to the evacuations of people in rural Northern California communities and the rescue of several motorists from flooded roads. A few levees south of Sacramento were damaged.

On Wednesday, authorities in south Sacramento County found a body in a submerged car — one of at least four victims of flooding from that storm.

Evacuation orders were in place in Santa Cruz County’s Paradise Park along the swiftly moving San Lorenzo River, as well as in areas along the Pajaro River. Residents who fled wildfires in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2020 were packing their bags as the towns of Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond and Felton were all warned they should be prepared to evacuate.

Sonoma County authorities issued an evacuation warning for a string of towns along the Russian River, which was expected to reach flood stage on Thursday.

The storms won’t be enough to officially end the state’s ongoing drought, now entering its fourth year. The U.S. Drought Monitor showed that most of California is in severe to extreme drought. Since the state’s major reservoirs are low, they have plenty of room to fill with more water from the storm, officials said.

Trees already stressed from years of limited rain are more likely to fall now that the ground is suddenly saturated and winds are heavy. That could cause widespread power outages or create flood hazards, said Karla Nemeth, director of the state’s Department of Water Resources.

“We are in the middle of a flood emergency and also in the middle of a drought emergency,” she said during an emergency briefing.

Storms also took a toll elsewhere in the U.S. In the Midwest, ice and heavy snow this week closed schools in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and caused a jet to go off an icy taxiway after landing in a snowstorm in Minneapolis. No passengers were injured, Delta airlines said.

In the South, a possible tornado damaged homes, downed trees and flipped a vehicle on its side in Montgomery, Alabama, early Wednesday.

In Illinois, staff from the National Weather Service’s Chicago office planned to survey storm damage on Wednesday following at least six tornadoes, the largest number of rare January tornadoes recorded in the state since 1989.

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Associated Press writers Janie Har in San Francisco, Sophie Austin in Sacramento, California, Steve Karnowski in Minneapolis and Rick Callahan in Indianapolis contributed to this report.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international team is presenting an update Wednesday on its investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The announcement comes nearly three months after a Dutch court convicted two Russians and a Ukrainian rebel for their roles in shooting down the Boeing 777 and […]
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China says it was smeared in Biden State of the Union speech

BEIJING (AP) — China says it was smeared in U.S. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address that repeatedly mentioned competition between the two countries. China does not fear competing with the U.S. but is “opposed to defining the entire China-U.S. relationship in terms of competition,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a […]
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Google hopes ‘Bard’ will outsmart ChatGPT, Microsoft in AI

Google is girding for a battle of wits in the field of artificial intelligence with “Bard," a conversational service apparently aimed at countering the popularity of the ChatGPT tool backed by Microsoft.
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South Korean lawmakers impeach minister over crowd crush

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s opposition-controlled parliament on Wednesday voted to impeach the country’s interior and safety minister, Lee Sang-min, holding him responsible for government failures in disaster planning and the response that likely contributed to the high death toll in a crowd crush that killed nearly 160 people in October. The impeachment […]
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US forces returning to Philippines to counter China threats

SUBIC BAY, Philippines (AP) — Once-secret ammunition bunkers and barracks lay abandoned, empty and overrun by weeds — vestiges of American firepower in what used to be the United States’ largest overseas naval base at Subic Bay in the northern Philippines. But that may change in the near future. The U.S. has been taking steps […]
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