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California Prepares for Snow, Rain, Mudslides

Warnings have been posted for the risk of mudslides in areas that burned in last year’s wildfires, as bone-dry California looks forward to its best week of rain and snow this winter.

California mudslide license plate (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Warning: California May Face a Long, Dry Winter

California is facing the prospect of a very dry winter, a year after one of the wettest winters on record, renewing fears of a devastating drought that gripped the state from 2011 to 2016.

California Drought Lake McClure (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Hurricane Harvey May Leave Parts of Texas ‘Uninhabitable for Weeks or Months,’ Say Feds

HOUSTON, TX — Parts of Texas may become inhabitable for weeks or months according to a Friday morning statement from the National Weather Service. Hurricane-force winds and torrential rains expected to last for five days or more could cause parts of the Lone Star State to become unhabitable due to structure damage, lack of utilities and safe drinking water, and major flooding conditions, the National Weather Service wrote in an advisory late on Friday morning. Hurricane Harvey is expected to cross the Texas shoreline late Friday evening or early Saturday morning–a major and potentially catastrophic Category 3 storm.

Vehicles are left stranded on Texas State Highway 288 in Houston, Texas on May 26, 2015. Heavy rains throught Texas put the city of Houston under massive amounts of water, closing roadways and trapping residents in their cars and buildings, according to local reports. Rainfall reached up to 11 inches …

Midwest ‘Flash Drought’ Warns El Niño May Hammer West Coast

The “flash drought” in the upper plains states, and rising temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, are warnings that another El Niño is forming that could slam the West Coast this winter with heavy rainfall, widespread flooding and infrastructure failure risks.

Jake Hart, 13, plays in the rising floodwater during a storm in Seal Beach, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. The heavy downpour on Sunday drenched Orange County in one of the heaviest storms of the year. Fast-moving floodwaters swept through California mountain communities and residents fled homes below hillsides scarred …

California Rains Bring ‘Wettest Winter in Decades’, and a Tornado

California, and especially the state’s North Coast region, has experienced “the wettest winter” in decades, thanks to recent steady rains. Local weather has featured widespread flooding, power outages, high tides, falling trees, school closures and even a tornado.

California rains and flooding (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Record-Tying Hail Pummels Northern California

Hailstones measuring three inches in diameter fell near the city of Red Bluff in northern California on Saturday, tying a record for the largest-sized hail to hit anywhere in the state in more than 50 years.

Hailstones (US National Weather Service Sacramento California / Facebook)