‘Bomb cyclone’ brings damaging winds, drenches California

Jan 4, 2023, 2:38 PM | Updated: Jan 5, 2023, 8:07 pm
A section of the Seacliff State Beach Pier is decimated from heavy storm surf, Thursday, Jan. 5, 20...

A section of the Seacliff State Beach Pier is decimated from heavy storm surf, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Aptos, Calif. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)

(Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)

              A section of the Seacliff State Beach Pier is decimated from heavy storm surf, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023,  in Aptos, Calif. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              A support piece from the Capitola Wharf is seen inside the storm damaged Zelda's restaurant in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Giant ocean swells pushed debris through the front wall and a window, filling the interior with several inches of seawater. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              Evan Sousa, left, gets help from Calvin Drake pushing water out of his flooded apartment on Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica, Calif., Thursday morning, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)
            
              Work crews clear debris from a flooded Clarendon Road in Pacifica, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)
            
              Breakers crash behind motorists viewing the ocean at Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)
            
              A tree toppled by high winds damaged wires and obstructs the southbound and northbound Caltrain train tracks in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A northbound lane of Highway 1 is closed due to a landslide, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flash flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A bulldozer clears debris in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Dominic King, owner of My Thai Beach, surveys storm damage that destroyed his restaurant in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              The Capitola Wharf is seen damaged from storm waves in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A man removes debris from Zelda's on the Beach after the restaurant was damaged in a storm in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Heavy waves crash over Capitola Wharf in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              People walk along Cliff Drive to view the Capitola Wharf damaged by heavy storm waves in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A person crosses Grant Avenue in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flash flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Damage to an apartment building can be seen after a tree toppled over in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Storm clouds blanket the Los Angeles skyline is seen at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area following a rainstorm in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              Wind blows the palm trees in the background, a man stands on the storm surge protection dune during a rainstorm in Seal Beach, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              Family friends remove items from the mobile home where 2-year-old Aeon Tocchini was killed by a fallen redwood tree in Occidental, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
            
              A California State Parks employee walks through a damaged road at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A parking lot at Seacliff State Beach is damaged by heavy storm surge, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Aptos, Calif. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Dominic King, owner of My Thai Beach, surveys storm damage that destroyed his restaurant in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A section of the Seacliff State Beach Pier is decimated from heavy storm surf, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023,  in Aptos, Calif. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              A support piece from the Capitola Wharf is seen inside the storm damaged Zelda's restaurant in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Giant ocean swells pushed debris through the front wall and a window, filling the interior with several inches of seawater. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)
            
              Evan Sousa, left, gets help from Calvin Drake pushing water out of his flooded apartment on Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica, Calif., Thursday morning, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)
            
              Work crews clear debris from a flooded Clarendon Road in Pacifica, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)
            
              Breakers crash behind motorists viewing the ocean at Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)
            
              A tree toppled by high winds damaged wires and obstructs the southbound and northbound Caltrain train tracks in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A northbound lane of Highway 1 is closed due to a landslide, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flash flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A bulldozer clears debris in Captiola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Dominic King, owner of My Thai Beach, surveys storm damage that destroyed his restaurant in Captiola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              The Capitola Wharf is seen damaged from storm waves in Captiola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A man removes debris from Zelda's on the Beach after the restaurant was damaged in a storm in Captiola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Heavy waves crash over Capitola Wharf in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              People walk along Cliff Drive to view the Capitola Wharf damaged by heavy storm waves in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A person crosses Grant Avenue in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flash flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Damage to an apartment building can be seen after a tree toppled over in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Storm clouds blanket the Los Angeles skyline is seen at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area following a rainstorm in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              Wind blows the palm trees in the background, a man stands on the storm surge protection dune during a rainstorm in Seal Beach, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              Family friends remove items from the mobile home where 2-year-old Aeon Tocchini was killed by a fallen redwood tree in Occidental, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
            
              A California State Parks employee walks through a damaged road at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A parking lot at Seacliff State Beach is damaged by heavy storm surge, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Aptos, Calif. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Dominic King, owner of My Thai Beach, surveys storm damage that destroyed his restaurant in Captiola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A person crosses Grant Avenue in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flash flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Damage to an apartment building can be seen after a tree toppled over in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Storm clouds blanket the Los Angeles skyline is seen at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area following a rainstorm in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              Wind blows the palm trees in the background, a man stands on the storm surge protection dune during a rainstorm in Seal Beach, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              Family friends remove items from the mobile home where 2-year-old Aeon Tocchini was killed by a fallen redwood tree in Occidental, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
            
              A California State Parks employee walks through a damaged road at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A parking lot at Seacliff State Beach is damaged by heavy storm surge, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Aptos, Calif. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Dominic King, owner of My Thai Beach, surveys storm damage that destroyed his restaurant in Captiola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Thomas Heins crouches as a wave crashes into the seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Thomas Heins is hit by a wave while standing at the seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A playground is filled with flood water at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area following a rainstorm in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              Storm clouds blanket the Los Angeles skyline is seen at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area following a rainstorm in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              Surfers ride storm waves at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A surfer paddles out at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              People walk by debris that overflowed from San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Damage to an apartment building can be seen after a tree toppled over in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A crew works to remove a tree that fell on top of an apartment building in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A tree toppled by high winds damaged wires and obstructs the southbound and northbound Caltrain train tracks in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A northbound lane of Highway 1 is closed due to a landslide, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Pacifica, Calif. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flash flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was hit by a falling tree. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A flooded beach-side parking lot in front of beachfront homes is seen during a rainstorm in Seal Beach, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              A woman walks with an umbrella during a rainstorm in Seal Beach, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              People walk along Cliff Drive to view the Capitola Wharf damaged by heavy storm waves in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Heavy waves crash over Capitola Wharf in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A woman cycles along East Cliff Drive in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              The Capitola Wharf is seen damaged by heavy storm waves in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              Heavy storm waves crash along East Cliff Drive in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
            
              A man walks past the floodwater on a street following a rainstorm in downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              A crew works to remove fallen trees outside an entrance to the main public library in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains in California have knocked out power to tens of thousands, caused flash flooding and contributed to the deaths of at least two people. (AP Photo/Olga Rodriguez)
            
              A tree toppled by high winds damaged wires and obstructs the southbound and northbound Caltrain train tracks in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A tree toppled by high winds damaged wires and obstructs the southbound and northbound Caltrain train tracks in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A flooded beach-side parking lot in front of beachfront homes is seen during a rainstorm in Seal Beach, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              A woman walks with an umbrella during a rainstorm in Seal Beach, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              A tree toppled by high winds damaged wires and obstructs the southbound and northbound Caltrain train tracks in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A tree toppled by high winds damaged wires and obstructs the southbound and northbound Caltrain train tracks in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A tree toppled by high winds damaged wires and obstructs the southbound and northbound Caltrain train tracks in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A tree toppled by high winds damaged wires and obstructs the southbound and northbound Caltrain train tracks in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful "atmospheric river" pounded California on Thursday. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              A crew works to remove fallen trees outside an entrance to the main public library in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Damaging winds and heavy rains in California have knocked out power to tens of thousands, caused flash flooding and contributed to the deaths of at least two people. (AP Photo/Olga Rodriguez)
            
              A police officer blocks a street after some residents in the Seacliff neighborhood were evacuated due to possible landslides, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Richmond, Calif. Another winter storm is expected to move into California on Wednesday, walloping the northern part of the state with more rain and snow. It's the second major storm of the week in the parched state. It follows storms that brought threats of flash flooding and severe thunderstorms across the southern U.S. and heavy snow in the upper Midwest. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              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 woman, who choses to remain anonymous, fills bags of sand offered at South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Brontë Wittpenn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              Miles Gomez, 9, plays with his twin brother, Edison, after a series of storms blasted communities surrounding South Lake Tahoe, Calif. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Brontë Wittpenn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              Huge amounts of snow are seen after a series of storms blasted communities surrounding South Lake Tahoe, Calif. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (Brontë Wittpenn/San Francisco Chronicle 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)
            
              A person walks across California Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Another winter storm moved into California on Wednesday, walloping the northern part of the state with more rain and snow. It's the second major storm of the week in the parched state. It follows storms that brought threats of flash flooding and severe thunderstorms across the southern U.S. and heavy snow in the upper Midwest. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              The canopy of gas station, toppled by strong winds, rests at an angle, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023,  in South San Francisco. Another winter storm moved into California on Wednesday, walloping the northern part of the state with more rain and snow. It's the second major storm of the week in the parched state. It follows storms that brought threats of flash flooding and severe thunderstorms across the southern U.S. and heavy snow in the upper Midwest. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              The canopy of gas station, toppled by strong winds, rests at an angle, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023,  in South San Francisco. Another winter storm moved into California on Wednesday, walloping the northern part of the state with more rain and snow. It's the second major storm of the week in the parched state. It follows storms that brought threats of flash flooding and severe thunderstorms across the southern U.S. and heavy snow in the upper Midwest. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              People wearing rain ponchos walk across Kearny Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Another winter storm moved into California on Wednesday, walloping the northern part of the state with more rain and snow. It's the second major storm of the week in the parched state. It follows storms that brought threats of flash flooding and severe thunderstorms across the southern U.S. and heavy snow in the upper Midwest. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              An empty vehicle is surrounded by floodwaters on a road in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Another winter storm moved into California on Wednesday, walloping the northern part of the state with more rain and snow. It's the second major storm of the week in the parched state. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              The canopy of gas station, toppled by strong winds, rests at an angle, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023,  in South San Francisco. Another winter storm moved into California on Wednesday, walloping the northern part of the state with more rain and snow. It's the second major storm of the week in the parched state. It follows storms that brought threats of flash flooding and severe thunderstorms across the southern U.S. and heavy snow in the upper Midwest. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              People walk across California Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Another winter storm moved into California on Wednesday, walloping the northern part of the state with more rain and snow. It's the second major storm of the week in the parched state. It follows storms that brought threats of flash flooding and severe thunderstorms across the southern U.S. and heavy snow in the upper Midwest. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Fernando Bizarro, left, collects 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)

CAPITOLA, Calif. (AP) — Hurricane-force winds, surging surf and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a toddler whose home was crushed by a falling tree.

Raging seas damaged two historic piers, rock and mudslides closed down highways, and deep snow piled up at ski resorts in the latest in a series of atmospheric rivers — long plumes of moisture stretching far over the Pacific — to reach the drought-stricken state. The “Pineapple Express” storm originated near Hawaii and was pulled toward the West Coast by a rotating area of rapidly falling air pressure known as a “bomb cyclone.”

Even as rains were expected to let up and some evacuation orders lifted Thursday, crews were assessing damage, trying to restore power and beginning the cleanup while bracing for more wet and wild weather this weekend that could be particularly troublesome for communities along swollen rivers.

The blustery tempest that came ashore Wednesday knocked out power to more than 180,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us.

In Sonoma County, Aeon Tocchini, a 2-year-old boy, was killed when a redwood tree crumpled a section of his family’s mobile home where he had been sitting on a sofa, authorities said. His father and neighbors freed the boy — nicknamed “Goldie” because of his light hair and sunny personality — but he couldn’t be revived.

“He was the happiest child, always smiling and encouraging people,” his teary-eyed grandmother Aileen Tocchini said outside the damaged Occidental home where a red tricycle and yellow dump truck were buried under broken branches. “He was a love, an angel.”

In Fairfield, a 19-year-old woman died after her vehicle hydroplaned on a flooded road and hit a utility pole, police said on Facebook.

The seaside village of Capitola in Santa Cruz County about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of San Francisco suffered possibly the worst damage as waves that were forecast to top 25 feet (7.6 meters) crashed into homes and restaurants at the mouth of Soquel Creek and knocked out a section of its historic wooden pier.

Surf shattered the windows at Zelda’s on the Beach, tossing furniture around inside the eatery. The Wharf House restaurant, at the end of the Capitola Wharf, was cut off from the mainland after a midspan of the wooden structure collapsed.

Wharf House owner Willie Case said he had a “great degree of sadness” as he looked at the damage from a cliff above the village and lamented this his employees would be out of work until the pier is repaired. He noted that in 1982, the former restaurant at that site fell into the sea. He anticipates more damage as new storms roll in.

“I don’t think the party’s over yet,” he said.

Hurricane-strength gusts as high as 101 mph (162 kph) toppled trees onto buildings and roads, knocked out power lines and blew down the roof on a gas station in South San Francisco.

National Weather Service meteorologist Warren Blier said the wind speed recorded on a Marin County hilltop was among the highest he could recall in a 25-year career.

A large eucalyptus tree in Oakland crashed through the roof of Victoria James’ apartment as she was preparing for dinner Wednesday. She and her children ran into the hallway, initially thinking it was an earthquake, and braced for an aftershock.

As water began pouring into their home, the family fled with only clothes on their backs – some of the children without shoes.

“There’s big holes in the ceiling. In my bedroom, the living room and the kitchen for sure,” she said from her car. “Everything’s damaged.”

A California Highway Patrol officer responding to a crash in San Jose was struck and injured by a tree on Highway 17, Officer Ross Lee said. The officer was expected to survive.

In Southern California, a helicopter crew plucked a man clinging to bamboo branches from an island in the Ventura River, Ventura County Fire Department spokesperson Andy VanSciver said.

The blustery winds and incessant rain were especially taxing for the homeless population in California, where 100,000 people live on the streets.

Glenn Scott, 59, who has arthritis in both knees and feet and needs a cane to walk, sought refuge on a bench outside the main San Francisco public library with a small group of other homeless people.

“I just have to do whatever I’ve gotta do and go wherever I can to get peace of mind,” Scott said.

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 the coastal community of Aptos, about dozen people were stuck at their homes because flooding, downed trees and debris blocked the road out, said Paul Karz, an employee at Seacliff State Beach. Violent waters had tossed picnic tables against a cliff, wiped out much of the beach boardwalk, damaged its wooden wharf and left only a “skeleton” of its sea wall.

Sonoma County authorities issued an evacuation warning for a string of towns along the Russian River, where greater flooding was expected by Sunday.

Sections of Highway 101 in Northern California were closed due to downed trees, while rockfall had shuttered several sections of the coastal Highway 1, including in the scenic Big Sur area.

As much as 2 feet (61 centimeters) of snow fell on Mammoth Mountain over 24 hours and more was expected, delivering another bonus to Sierra Nevada ski areas.

The storm came days after a New Year’s Eve downpour led to evacuations in Northern California, where at least four people died in flooding.

Atmospheric rivers, named by researchers in the 1990s, occur globally but are especially significant on the U.S. West Coast, where they create 30% to 50% of annual precipitation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The storms won’t be enough to officially end the state’s ongoing drought, now entering its fourth year, but they have helped. Not including the latest deluge, recent storms moved parts of the state out of the “exceptional drought” category in the U.S. Drought Monitor. Most of the state, though, remains in the extreme or severe drought categories.

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Melley reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers Olga Rodriguez and Janie Har in San Francisco, Sophie Austin in Sacramento, Terence Chea in Oakland, and Stefanie Dazio and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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