In California, rescue teams are working to repair the enormous damage caused by the storm that has hit many areas of the state in recent days: a decrease in rainfall between Tuesday evening and Wednesday is allowing interventions, but new storms are expected in the coming days and strong winds which could further aggravate the damage. In some places, especially in the north, they could start as early as Wednesday evening.
So far, in the approximately 10 days since the storm began, there have been at least 17 deaths from the aftermath of the bad weather. State Governor Gavin Newsom said the budget is very likely to escalate. More than half of California’s 58 counties have been designated a disaster area.
There was also damage in major cities, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, albeit less severe than elsewhere. The storms of the next few days are not expected to reach the intensity of those that have occurred in the past days, but they could still have a major impact on places that are already very damaged.
In countless places there have been floods, landslides and large mudslides, with trees uprooted and buildings destroyed or badly damaged. Rescuers are working to reopen at least the main highways of the country, closed due to landslides and water. Thousands of people who have been evacuated from their homes have not yet returned and as of Tuesday night there were still 75,000 homes without electricity, according to the Poweroutage website, which has been responsible for updating this kind of data.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday, however, 10,000 people who had been evacuated to the central coast were allowed to return home: among them are those from the city of Montecito, a well-known and popular resort on the coast of Santa Barbara, where the houses of celebrities such as TV presenter Oprah Winfrey, or that of Prince Harry of the United Kingdom and his wife Meghan Markle. There is particular attention to the area because in 2018, more than 20 people died in Montecito due to heavy rains.