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Mudslides, floods, rain, howling winds, 10 feet of snow: California braces for powerful, dangerous storm

Mudslides, floods, rain, howling winds, 10 feet of snow: California braces for powerful, dangerous stormWith the polar vortex in full retreat, the USA's wildest weather shifts to the West.



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California storms: At least five people killed after heavy rain and snow cause devastation

California storms: At least five people killed after heavy rain and snow cause devastationAt least five people have died in severe rain and snowstorms that blanketed parts of California with at least five feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains this week, besides triggering flooding and mudslides, officials said. Forecasters expect the bitter weather to push eastwards into the Rockies and US Midwest through the weekend, while the California Highway Patrol said rain-slicked highways led to two fatal accidents that killed four people. A family of three, including a one-year-old baby, died in El Dorado County on Tuesday, after their car spun across a rain-soaked freeway to hit another car, the San Francisco Chronicle said.



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Series of storms to pummel California with rain, snow, wind; flooding, mudslides possible

Series of storms to pummel California with rain, snow, wind; flooding, mudslides possibleThe USA's wild weather will shift from the East to the West this week. California will take the brunt of the storminess with drenching rain, yards of snow and mudslides.



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Striking Los Angeles teachers picket in rain with no deal imminent

Striking Los Angeles teachers picket in rain with no deal imminentStudents arriving at some 900 campuses across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were met by their teachers carrying laminated picket signs in the city’s first teachers’ strike in three decades. “It’s an existential battle for the future of public education,” teacher Mike Finn told Reuters outside John Marshall High School in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. Officials for the LAUSD, which serves mostly working-class families who would lack child care if classes were canceled, kept schools open, staffed by administrators and substitute teachers.



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Rain to return mudslide threat to Southern California by the weekend

Rain to return mudslide threat to Southern California by the weekendA storm will slide into Southern California with soaking rain by the weekend, putting burn-scar areas at a renewed risk for life-threatening flooding and mudslides.



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Flood concerns to mount in eastern US as soaking rain, storms continue into Friday night

Flood concerns to mount in eastern US as soaking rain, storms continue into Friday nightA slow-moving batch of rain and locally gusty thunderstorms will enhance the risk of flash flooding from the Southeast to the mid-Atlantic into Friday night.



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Heavy rain slows rescue work as overflowing hospitals struggle to cope in aftermath of Indonesian tsunami

Heavy rain slows rescue work as overflowing hospitals struggle to cope in aftermath of Indonesian tsunamiIndonesian search and rescue teams on Wednesday plucked stranded residents from remote islands and pushed into isolated communities desperate for aid in the aftermath of a volcano-triggered tsunami that killed over 400. But torrential rains hampered the effort and heaped more misery on the region, as officials warned another killer wave could hit the stricken area. The disaster agency cautioned residents to stay clear of the coast, as fresh activity at the Anak Krakatoa volcano, which sits in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, threatened to spark another tsunami. A section of the crater – which emerged at the site of the legendary Krakatoa volcano, whose massive 1883 eruption killed at least 36,000 people – collapsed after an eruption and slid into the ocean, triggering Saturday night's killer wave. Residents evacuate from Sebesi Island at Tennis Court Kalianda in South Lampung, Indonesia on December 26, 2018 Credit: Andalou The disaster agency slightly raised the death toll on Wednesday to 430, with 1,495 people injured and another 159 missing. Medical workers have warned that clean water and medicine supplies were running low – stoking fears of a public health crisis – as thousands of displaced survivors cram shelters and hospitals. The co-ordinator of the Indonesia Red Cross, Ridwan Sobri Carman, called on the government to do more.  “[People] need tents, vitamins, blankets, clean and drinking water and better food,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “We provide those materials, but clearly that is not enough.” In the Pandeglang area of Banten Province the Head of Red Crescent Indonesia said that local health centers needed more surgeons and orthopedic specialists, as well as general practitioners and paramedics.  “Health centers lack essential medical equipment – even body bags,”  Mangaradja Victor told teh Daily Telegraph, adding that the area is in dire need of disease prevention support as refugees are camped out in exposed areas on the sides and terraces of local mosques. Many of an estimated 22,000 displaced people fear going back to their communities. “I'm here because people said there could another tsunami,” Etin Supriatin told AFP from an evacuation centre in shattered Labuan. The disaster agency dispatched helicopters to drop supplies into hard-to-reach communities, while hundreds of residents on tiny islands in the Sunda Strait were airlifted or taken by boat to shelters. Sniffer dogs are being used to find those still missing as grief-stricken relatives lined up at identification centres. But hopes of finding any survivors beneath the rubble have dwindled. Tubagus Cecep, 63, waited nervously at the area's main identification centre to see if a body was that of his missing son. “I'm scared my son is dead, but if I keep my faith in God maybe he could have been swept away somewhere and is still alive,” he told AFP.



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Snow and Rain Across the U.S. Could Impact Post-Christmas Travel for Millions

Snow and Rain Across the U.S. Could Impact Post-Christmas Travel for MillionsStorms moving through much of the U.S. are predicted to create dangerous road conditions for millions of travelers



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Indonesian rescuers struggle against heavy rain to reach tsunami-hit villages

Indonesian rescuers struggle against heavy rain to reach tsunami-hit villagesClouds of ash spewed from the nearby Anak Krakatau, or child of Krakatau, almost obscuring the volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide on Saturday sent waves up to 5 meters (16 feet) high smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra islands. Indonesia’s meteorology agency (BMKG) said the rough weather could make the volcano’s crater more fragile. “We have developed a monitoring system focused specifically on the volcanic tremors at Anak Krakatau so that we can issue early warnings,” said BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati, adding that a two-kilometer exclusion zone had been imposed.



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Far-reaching storm to deliver disruptive rain, mountain snow across western US into Christmas

Far-reaching storm to deliver disruptive rain, mountain snow across western US into ChristmasPeople with last-minute holiday travel plans across the southwestern United States may be hindered by rain, snow and gusty winds through Christmas Day.



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