The death toll rises to six as a deadly storm sweeps across California
A deadly storm in California has claimed six lives while damaging weather continues to destroy historic piers, create mudslides and close freeways.
Gary Yules, 72, Mei Keng Lam, 57, Katherine “Kathy” Martinez, 61, Steven Sampson, 45, Aeon “Goldie” Tocchini, 2, and a 19-year-old Solano County woman have lost their lives since the bomb cyclone crashed in the west coast.
The region has been battered by deadly storm after deadly storm since New Year’s Eve, resulting in high water levels, flash flooding, mudslides, destroyed piers and thousands without power.
As of Friday night, 48,000 Californians were still without power as the state braces for another “atmospheric flow” expected to hit San Francisco later Friday.
Aeon “Goldie” Tocchini, 2, (pictured) was one of six people who died in the deadly storms that have ravaged California since the New Year. He died after three redwood trees fell on his family’s RV
Katherine “Kathy” Martinez, 61, of Orland, and Mei Keng Lam, 57, of San Leandro lost their lives, as did Gary Yules, 72, Steven Sampson, 45, and a 19-year-old woman from Solano County
Tocchini, an infant, lost his life after three redwood trees fell on his family’s RV on Thursday.
When volunteer fire chief Ronald Lunardi arrived at the scene, he said the child’s father, Dan Tocchini, came outside with an unconscious aeon.
“A desperate father came out of the house with the child. He was kind of covered in debris and he said my kid isn’t breathing,” the chief told ABC News. “We’re out here in a rural area, so my first thought was to pack him in my truck and take him to Main Street because he’s on a long dirt driveway.”
As they worked their way to the main street, Lunardi gave Dan CPR instructions until they met up with emergency responders, who took over. However, Aeon eventually succumbed to his injuries.
His father and mother Aisha, as well as his siblings Eden and Danny, were not injured.
His family remembers the blonde child as “Goldie” because “he shone like the sun!”. read the GoFundMe.
“If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Goldie, you would know the light I speak of. His light still shines so brightly in our hearts and always will,” it said. “Goldie loved to dance, music moved his soul. He was kind, gentle and had the most loving spirit. He loved nature like his mom and his dad was his hero. He was deeply adored by his family and he immediately stole the hearts of those around him.
Martinez, 61, of Orland, California, was found dead in her submerged car on New Hope Road in Sacramento on Wednesday.
Her family found her car two days after reporting her missing.
A pier was destroyed in Seacliff State Beach (pictured) after Thursday’s deadly storm
Massive flooding destroyed homes in Soquel Creek in Capitola, California. This is the second major storm to hit the state since the New Year
The bomb cyclone caused extensive damage in Capitola (pictured) as part of the Capitola Warf collapsed
“It’s upsetting at this difficult time that we put in all the legwork to find her,” her son told KCRA.
Hours later, Lam, 57, of San Leandro, Calif., was spotted in a field near Dillard Road in Sacramento around 10 p.m.
Steven Sampson, 45, of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Gary Yules, 72, were found earlier in the week after the New Year’s Eve storm.
Sampson was found in his submerged vehicle near Highway 99 on Sunday.
Yules was found days after his 72nd birthday after a cypress tree fell on him at Lighthouse Field State Beach in Santa Cruz on New Year’s Eve.
The upcoming storm will be the third storm to devastate the state since New Year’s Eve, bringing another round of strong gusts of wind and rain. It will likely dump several inches of rain on a region already saturated by repeated downpours since late December, further increasing the risk of flash floods and mudslides, the NWS said.
Crews have rescued several people due to flooding and high tides
A store in Capitola lay in ruins after the storm. The state is bracing for another “atmospheric flow” storm set to hit this weekend
Zelda’s restaurants had a mountain of debris in their dining areas after sea waves pushed it through the window and front wall
In addition to torrential rains, up to two feet of snow was expected over the weekend in higher elevations of the Sierras, where accumulations of one foot to 18 inches or more were measured earlier this week, the weather service said.
On Friday, much of the northern two-thirds of California, the United States’ most populous state, was under flood surveillance, hurricane warnings and winter storm warnings as forecasters urged residents to prepare for the deluge and stay off roads in flood-prone areas.
The ominous forecast follows a massive Pacific storm that unleashed two days of gale force winds, crashing surf, torrential rain and heavy snow across California. The northern part of the state was hardest hit.
Howling winds uprooted trees already weakened by prolonged drought and poorly anchored in rain-soaked soil, downed power lines and blocked roads across the region. Road traffic was also disrupted by flash floods and rockfalls.
In addition, high surf and runoff from heavy rains swamped several blocks in the coastal city of Santa Cruz, and heavy waves tore up wooden piers in the adjacent city of Capitola and nearby Seacliff State Beach.
A man jumped out of his car after sliding into trees on Thursday. He suffered no injuries
A couple clears debris outside their home on Thursday. More than 40,000 Californians are still without power
A man walks on a bridge next to flood waters in San Francisco. The city is expected to get more rain today after a week of intense rain
The Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit shared video of the dangerously high surf splashing water onto the pavement where drivers drove slowly near El Granada on Thursday.
El Granada remained under a high surf recommendation through 9 p.m. local time on Friday.
Farther north, raging waves broke through the back doors of the historic Point Cabrillo lighthouse in Mendocino County, inundating the ground-floor museum, the Mendocino Voice newspaper reported.
The two-day storm, which ended Thursday evening, was driven by an immense flow of atmospheric moisture from the tropical Pacific and a widespread, hurricane-sized low-pressure system known as the bomb cyclone.
Strong gusts of wind damaged a gas station in San Francisco on Wednesday
It was the third and strongest atmospheric flow to hit California since early last week. Research predicts that climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of such rainstorms and interrupt extended periods of extreme drought.
The rapid succession of storms drenched downtown San Francisco in 10.3 inches of rain from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4, the wettest 10-day stretch on record there in more than 150 years since 1871, the authorities said NWS.
The highest rainfall ever documented over 10 days in the city’s downtown was 14.37 inches, an 1862 record that the NWS said was likely to weather downpours to come.
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