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California storms: Hail in the Bay Area, lightning strikes landmarks, rockslides, sinkholes and more

More rain is expected to fall over the Bay Area and Northern California later this week — potentially exacerbating the effects of a two-week siege of atmospheric river storms that have caused major landslides, flooded roadways and has prompted evacuations across the state.

State and local officials on Tuesday began cleaning up from the half-dozen atmospheric rivers that have pummeled California since late December, killing at least 17 people and leaving 96,000 people under evacuation warnings or orders amid the risk of flooding and mudslides. Their work came amid a brief respite from the rain and the wind but with more strong storms expected to arrive later in the week.

Although none of the coming storms are forecast to be as big as the “bomb cyclone” that hit last week, residents have been warned to stay vigilant. While touring the storm and tide-ravaged community of Capitola on Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom cautioned that even a little rain could cause outsized effects due to heavily-saturated soils.

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