The weather is going CRAZY again in California. Another EXTREME atmospheric river has brought INCREDIBLE rain that caused river levels to increase dramatically in Northern California.
NWS Bay Area said that Venado in Sonoma County has recorded “an incredible 20.48 inches” (520.19 mm) of rain in 48 hours to 27 February, 2019.
NWS forecast that the Russian River at Guerneville in Sonoma County would reach 46 feet by Wednesday 27 February, which is 14 feet above its flood stage.
The Russian River’s record flood level is 49.5 feet set in February 1986.
Update on the Russian River at Guerneville. River crested overnight with a preliminary height of 45.38 ft. Major flooding continues this morning. River will slowly recede through the day. #CAwx #CAflood pic.twitter.com/stBxWk6Eot— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) February 28, 2019
Mandatory evacuation orders were issued on 26 February for thousands of people living in over 20 communities along the river.
Some schools and roads have been closed and there is a high risk of mudslides according to County of Sonoma Emergency.
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said via Social Media that “Guerneville is land locked. You cannot get into or out of town. All roads leading to the community are flooded.”
I feel like I’m living in a perpetual state of disaster here in California. Floods are eerie at night, as Guerneville and the rest of the Russian River Area brace for more flooding. @NorthBayNews @NWSBayArea #cawx #AtmosphericRiver #CAstorm pic.twitter.com/sCn4Kx8h7p— Kent Porter (@kentphotos) February 27, 2019
The communities under evacuation orders are: Asti, Bailhache, Chianti, Guerneville, Guernewood, Guernewood Park, Hacienda, Jenner, Jimtown, Korbel, Lytton, Northwood, Northwood Lodge, Rolands, Sheridan, Duncans Mills, El Bonita, Mirabel Heights, Mirabel Park, Monte Rio, Montesano, Summerhome Park, Vacation Beach and Wilson Grove.
An interactive flood map of the area is available here.
Levels of the Napa River near Napa and near St Helena were also rising and by 27 February had reached moderate flood stage.
Stream gauges now show that the Napa River near Napa and near St Helena have reached moderate flood stage. A look across the North Bay shows numerous sites in Sonoma County ranging from Moderate to Major flooding.#cawx pic.twitter.com/O9FuQ128lH— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) February 27, 2019
That’s how the atmospheric river looked like as it hit California:
An #AtmosphericRiver brought record breaking rainfall resulting in devastating flooding to the #NorthBay . Here is what the AR looked like on radar in ~15 sec. #cawx #caflood pic.twitter.com/edpN8RWtKM— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) February 27, 2019
And it’s not the end. A NEW storm system will bring more rain to the area Friday night and Saturday. Not a major storm but we’re likely to see 0.5-1.0 inch of rain in the lower elevations with 1-2 inches in the hills.
A storm system will bring more rain to the area Friday night and Saturday. Not a major storm but we’re likely to see 0.5-1.0 inch of rain in the lower elevations with 1-2 inches in the hills. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/TbsoXYnNO4— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) February 28, 2019
I feel like they are living in a perpetual state of disaster here in California. Non-stop stormy weather in California!