California gets brief lull after damaging ‘bomb cyclone’

Jan 5, 2023, 9:01 PM | Updated: Jan 7, 2023, 12:30 am
Anthony Tablit, 5, is is soaked as waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, ...

Anthony Tablit, 5, is is soaked as waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. California weather calmed Friday but the lull was expected to be brief as more Pacific storms lined up to blast into the state, where successive powerful weather systems have knocked out power to thousands, battered the coastline, flooded streets, toppled trees and caused at least six deaths. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

              Anthony Tablit, 5, is is soaked as waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. California weather calmed Friday but the lull was expected to be brief as more Pacific storms lined up to blast into the state, where successive powerful weather systems have knocked out power to thousands, battered the coastline, flooded streets, toppled trees and caused at least six deaths. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              People watch as waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. California weather calmed Friday but the lull was expected to be brief as more Pacific storms lined up to blast into the state, where successive powerful weather systems have knocked out power to thousands, battered the coastline, flooded streets, toppled trees and caused at least six deaths. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. California weather calmed Friday but the lull was expected to be brief as more Pacific storms lined up to blast into the state, where successive powerful weather systems have knocked out power to thousands, battered the coastline, flooded streets, toppled trees and caused at least six deaths. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Anthony Tablit, 5, is is soaked as waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. California weather calmed Friday but the lull was expected to be brief as more Pacific storms lined up to blast into the state, where successive powerful weather systems have knocked out power to thousands, battered the coastline, flooded streets, toppled trees and caused at least six deaths. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              People watch as waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. California weather calmed Friday but the lull was expected to be brief as more Pacific storms lined up to blast into the state, where successive powerful weather systems have knocked out power to thousands, battered the coastline, flooded streets, toppled trees and caused at least six deaths. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. California weather calmed Friday but the lull was expected to be brief as more Pacific storms lined up to blast into the state, where successive powerful weather systems have knocked out power to thousands, battered the coastline, flooded streets, toppled trees and caused at least six deaths. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Homes near Rio Del Mar beach are flooded from a rainstorm in Aptos, Cali., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              Seacliff Pier is seen heavily damaged by a rainstorm in Santa Cruz, Cali., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              Mike Panero wades through flood water while trying to help neighbors who were flooded from a rainstorm on Aptos Beach Drive in Aptos, Cali., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              Birds fly over the Capitola Wharf, 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 uses an umbrella to keep dry in the rain while walking his dogs in Land Park in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP)
            
              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)
            
              Vehicles move swiftly as snow falls on Highway 89 along the west shore of Lake Tahoe near Tahoma, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (Nathaniel Levine/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
            
              Destruction is seen after a heavy rainstorm on the waterfront in Capitola, Cali., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              Destruction is seen after a heavy rainstorm on the waterfront in Capitola, Cali., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
            
              A pedestrian walks dogs while crossing a street blocked by a fallen tree in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 6, 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/Jeff Chiu)
            
              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)

CAPITOLA, Calif. (AP) — California weather calmed Friday but the lull was expected to be brief as more Pacific storms lined up to blast into the state, where successive powerful weather systems have knocked out power to thousands, battered the coastline, flooded streets, toppled trees and caused at least six deaths.

Remnant showers from the latest storm, a “bomb cyclone,” fell around the state and dangerous surf pounded the coast despite declining wave heights, while some areas enjoyed sunshine. A Southern California pier was damaged by high surf and winds overnight and will remain closed until it is repaired, officials said. Streets flooded in low-lying beach cities.

The next round of severe weather was predicted to arrive in Northern California on Friday night and spread south into the central region during the weekend, increasing flooding concerns due to already saturated soil. Heavy snow was forecast for the Sierra Nevada.

“A very active weather pattern across the Pacific Ocean will continue to push energetic and fast-moving low pressure systems toward the West Coast,” the National Weather Service said. “California continues to take the brunt of the heavy precipitation and strong winds associated with these systems as we head into the first full weekend of 2023.”

During the weekend, “the next moisture-laden Pacific cyclone is forecast to approach California with the next onslaught of heavy rain,” the service said.

The storms are atmospheric rivers, long plumes of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, and capable of dropping staggering amounts of rain and snow.

Downtown San Francisco had its wettest 10-day period since 1871 between Dec. 26 and Jan. 4 when 10.33 inches (26.24 centimeters) of rain fell. The all-time 10-day record was 14.37 inches (36.5 cm) in January 1862.

The storms have also been piling up much-needed snow in the drought-stricken state’s mountains, where the snowpack supplies about a third of California’s water supply.

“It has been a deep week with almost 5 FEET of snow (57.9 inches, 147 cm) falling in the last 7 days!” the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab tweeted Friday.

The statewide snowpack was 191% of normal to date and 76% of the April 1 average, which is usually the peak, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Storms have been arriving in California since early November. A powerful New Year’s weekend storm caused extensive flooding in Northern California’s Sacramento County and four deaths. It undermined a massive oak tree that fell Monday and crushed a nursery school in Marin County. The school was empty at the time.

That storm was followed on Wednesday and Thursday by a “bomb cyclone,” a shorthand reference to a storm intensified by a rapid plunge in air pressure through a process called bombogenesis.

Two deaths were reported, including a 2-year-old boy killed when a redwood fell on a mobile home. 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.

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.

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

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California gets brief lull after damaging ‘bomb cyclone’