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Aggressive Instagramming is ruining Southern California's super bloom

Aggressive Instagramming is ruining Southern California's super bloomPeople trampled California's poppies for the 'gram, and ruined it for the rest of us. Fields of fiery "super bloom" poppies are lighting up the hills of Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore, a city about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Thanks to uncommonly heavy rains this winter, much of Southern California is seeing a massive burst of wildflower blooms across the state. The poppies in Walker Canyon are so lush, they can be seen from space. > Superbloom visible from space – California poppies (orange) near Lake Elsinore, CA > > [15 March 2019; Sentinel-2 satellite; t.co/fy8NaGcTwN] pic.twitter.com/ZdSqCvjbuY> > — Zack Labe (@ZLabe) March 18, 2019With the bloom came hordes of influencers, mommy bloggers, and YouTubers, all eager to snap a few photos of themselves sitting among the flowers.But it's making life absolute hell for Lake Elsinore, which has a population of 60,000. On Sunday, about 100,000 visited Walker Canyon, overwhelming Lake Elsinore and creating the traffic of nightmares. Since the poppies went viral — even getting their own Twitter moment –the city has tried to cope with the flood of visitors by closing, then reopening, then closing the fields. SEE ALSO: Death Valley, the driest place in North America, is now a sea of yellow flowersIn a Facebook post over the weekend, the city of Lake Elsinore closed Walker Canyon because "the situation has escalated beyond our available resources." The city also closed the highway ramps leading to the canyon because traffic was so bad. By Monday, Walker Canyon was open to the public again, albeit with "extremely limited" parking. Explaining that it is "not feasible" to keep visitors out, the city stated that "this is something unlike anything we have ever experienced in our city and may never again." "Lake Elsinore is the destination for so many unique and incredible features," the Facebook post said. "And this attraction has brought thousands of people from around the world to not only see our city, but to shop in our stores and dine in our restaurants."But by noon, Mayor Steve Manos asked people to come another time because the fields were so full. "As you can see behind me, there are a large number of people here again," Manos said in an Instagram video recorded in front of the blooms. "We've expended lots of resources over the weekend … But we are full." He added that the city just didn't have the resources to keep Walker Canyon closed because of the sheer amount of people sneaking in and parking on the freeway. Never underestimate the tenacity of an Instagram devotee.> View this post on Instagram> > SuperBloom Update: Steve Manos, Lake Elsinore Mayor provides update regarding why City was forced to reopen Walker Canyon and encourages visitors to choose other options. Walker Canyon is full. City is evaluating all options. We must remain flexible to this once in a lifetime opportunity and crisis facing our city.> > A post shared by City of Lake Elsinore (@cityoflakeelsinore) on Mar 18, 2019 at 12:02pm PDTManos is hopeful that the city will figure out a solution, though. "We've gone through fires and floods, we'll get through the flowers," he told CBS This Morning. By Tuesday afternoon, Lake Elsinore once again closed the freeway ramps in both directions. In a Facebook post citing "severe congestion," the city said that the decision was made by California Highway Patrol, not the city. In the meantime, here are some photos of the super bloom if you can't (or consciously won't) see them in person. > View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Momo Twins ~ Leia & Lauren (@leialauren) on Mar 18, 2019 at 10:20pm PDT> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by ⠀ ⠀⠀J i m e n a R e n o (@renosaurio) on Mar 18, 2019 at 8:04am PDT> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Gerd Ludwig (@gerdludwig) on Mar 19, 2019 at 12:51pm PDT> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by J E S S (@jess.wandering) on Mar 14, 2019 at 8:30am PDT> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Lil' Sawyer the Labradoodle (@sawyertheminidood) on Mar 19, 2019 at 7:26am PDTAnd don't forget that if you do end up visiting, stick to the wildflower etiquette guide.   WATCH: Elon Musk did it – Tesla's $ 35,000 Model 3 is finally finally finally here



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Southern storms, apparent tornadoes cause damages; none hurt

Southern storms, apparent tornadoes cause damages; none hurtTwo apparent tornadoes touched down Saturday in central Arkansas, destroying shops as severe storms raking the South damaged some buildings and tore away roofs in northeast Mississippi.



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U.S. faces 'crisis' at southern border, Nielsen says

U.S. faces 'crisis' at southern border, Nielsen saysTestifying before Congress for the first time since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January, Nielsen defended President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to unlock funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. “Illegal immigration is simply spiraling out of control,” Nielsen told the House Homeland Security Committee. Democrats questioned Nielsen over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” prosecution policy, which last year led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents and generated a fierce backlash, as well as the administration’s new restrictions on people seeking asylum at the border.



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Alabama tornado 'outbreak' kills 23 as severe storms hit southern US states

Alabama tornado 'outbreak' kills 23 as severe storms hit southern US statesAt least 23 people including children have been killed and several others injured after tornadoes tore through the southern US state of Alabama on Sunday. Rescue workers at the scene were pulling the dead and injured from the wreckage of homes and businesses in the worst affected areas in Lee County, which includes the state’s largest city of Auburn. Tornado warnings were in force across Georgia and Alabama on Sunday evening.



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Virginia didn’t have a Southern governor for 20 years, and then the past collided with the present

Virginia didn’t have a Southern governor for 20 years, and then the past collided with the presentWhen Ralph Northam was elected Virginia’s governor a little over a year ago, it marked the first time in almost two decades that the state had a chief executive who was really from the old commonwealth.



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Virginia didn’t have a Southern governor for 20 years, and then the past collided with the present

Virginia didn’t have a Southern governor for 20 years, and then the past collided with the presentWhen Ralph Northam was elected Virginia’s governor a little over a year ago, it marked the first time in almost two decades that the state had a chief executive who was really from the old commonwealth.



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President Trump floats 'human wall' on southern border ahead of State of the Union

President Trump floats 'human wall' on southern border ahead of State of the Union“Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.



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Southern California storm: Zuma Beach, Pacific Coast Highway closed in Malibu

Southern California storm: Zuma Beach, Pacific Coast Highway closed in MalibuAs the first in a series of storms moved into the Southland on Thursday, lighting, mudslides and flooding led to road and beach closures.



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17 dead as twin bombing hits southern Philippine church

17 dead as twin bombing hits southern Philippine churchAt least 17 people were killed as two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said Sunday, just days after a regional vote for a new Muslim autonomous region. The first blast occurred inside the Catholic church on war-torn Jolo on Sunday morning as mass was being celebrated, and was followed by a second explosion in the parking lot as troops responded, regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana told AFP.



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Why did Democrats vote for a barrier along the southern border in 2013, but won’t now?

Why did Democrats vote for a barrier along the southern border in 2013, but won’t now?Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief under former President Barack Obama Mark Morgan says that the border wall needs to be built.



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