California flooding in pictures as ‘1 in 1000 year’ storm wreaks havoc
A historic storm has deluged California over the past three days, bringing record amounts of rainfall and hundreds of catastrophic mudslides.
The storm is a “1-in-1000 year” rainfall event with Los Angeles’ Westwood neighbourhood recording nearly 12 inches of rain in 24 hours, according to the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The storm is the second major event in two weeks to strike the region, powered by an atmospheric river dragging in moisture from the ocean.
Some 307 landslides were reported in LA alone, the fire department said. At least three people were killed by falling trees as powerful winds reached hurricane force.
Forecasters predicted the rain will begin to ease later on Tuesday. However, the threat of flooding remains high as the ground is extremely saturated, the National Weather Service said.
An eight-month-old tiger cub suffering fractures and bone disease was brought to Oakland Zoo in California on Tuesday, February 20, after being removed from a private facility.Footage released by Oakland Zoo shows the arrival of the young female cub.“On Tuesday afternoon, an 8-month-old tiger cub with multiple fractures and metabolic bone disease was brought to Oakland Zoo by @CaliforniaDFW, who rescued her from a privately owned facility,” the zoo said on X.Veterinarians at the zoo told local media that though the animal’s injuries were serious, she would hopefully make a full recovery.The zoo could not provide details on where the tiger cub was taken from due to ongoing legal action. Credit: Oakland Zoo via Storyful
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