Saturday, February 18, 2017

Two vehicles fall into a sinkhole caused by heavy rainfall in Los Angele...



Video shows one of the two vehicles falling vertically into the sinkhole, the sinkhole was caused by heavy rainfall that has continuously poured down on Los Angeles, local media reported. Intense rain, heavy snow and strong winds pounded California and southern Oregon on February 17, prompting the evacuation of dozens of homes east of Los Angeles, officials said. As much as 10 inches (25 cm) of rain could fall at a rate of 1 inch (3 cm) per hour in parts of southern California on Friday, said the National Weather Service, raising the risk of mudslides.

The severe storm, with what may be California's heaviest rainfall in six years, comes as months of wet weather have dramatically eased California's years-long drought. However, the heavy rain and melting snowpack threatened to undermine a spillway at one of the largest dams in the country, which prompted the evacuation of 188,000 residents earlier this week. In higher areas of eastern California and western Nevada, as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow could cause whiteouts, forecasters said. The area should also expect gusts of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour), potentially causing widespread power outages on Friday and Saturday, the service said.

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