Thousands are trapped, hundreds evacuated, rivers swell and reservoir gates open as rain storms driven by an ‘atmospheric river’ pound California causing chaos


About 500 Californians were forced the evacuate and 2,000 were trapped as a massive storm flooded the Golden State.

Creeks and rivers are nearing flood stage in California as another rainstorm pounds the area, stranding several thousand people in a remote hamlet.

Forecasters have issued flash flood warnings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern California.

Some parts of the central region were expected to get up to ten inches while winds of up to 65mph were set to whip across the state this evening.

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