Thousands Lose Power in California Storm
An inch of rain per hour falls in some areas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 2, 2012 4:29 PM CST
A vehicle transits a flooded underpass in San Rafael, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, as utility workers work to repair a downed power line.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

(Newser) – Residents of Northern California hunkered down today as a powerful storm drenched the area with yet another round of pounding rain and strong winds. The latest storm system—the third to hit the area in less than a week—moved across the region late last night and early today, dropping as much as an inch of rain per hour in some areas, toppling trees and knocking out electrical service to tens of thousands of people, officials said.

With rivers across Northern California swelling from the deluge, the National Weather Service warned that several rivers were in danger of topping their banks this afternoon or early tomorrow. Flood warnings were in effect for the Napa and Russian rivers, two rivers north of San Francisco with a history of flooding, as well as the Truckee River, near Lake Tahoe. "We've been in preparation mode since Thursday," said Barry Martin, a spokesman for the city of Napa. Click for more.

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Dec 2, 2012 10:13 PM CST
This is normal weather for California. Torrential rain in the winter {which we pray for to make up that Sierra snow pack} and then 9-10 months of hot as hades "the hills are not brown-they're golden". Yeah, right. That is why we pray for the snow pack. This entire state is one irragation district after another. Welcome to California. Now turn the hell around and go home okie.
Dec 2, 2012 8:21 PM CST
god is pissed. i suggest you to burn all gay ppl , cut your dicks off as a holocaust, build more irrationally gigantic kitsch churches and fast for a couple of years. or stop squandering trillions over weaponry and fight famine all over the world instead. that could sound kinda like a good deed as well.
Dec 2, 2012 7:58 PM CST
Governor Sperminator and his republicon cronies DEVASTATED the state of Cah-lee-fawn-ia; will takes YEARS to recover! BOOT OUT ALL republicons, NOW!