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Double Whammy: Winter Blasts East, Pacific Coasts

    By Caitlin Burke

    Americans from coast to coast woke up to severe weather Thursday.

    A nor’easter is dumping rain and snow as it moves up the East Coast. Meanwhile, heavy rain is hammering the Pacific Coast as a powerful storm moves in, raising fears of flooding and mudslides.

    The storm hitting California is being called the Pineapple Express. That’s because moisture that originated in Hawaii is moving up along the Pacific Coast.

    It’s said to be a fully loaded super soaker, and it’s expected to unload more rain on California than the state’s seen in more than five years.

    “I’m getting some sandbags because after the hill behind me gets saturated, there’s sheet flow across the hill. It comes in my garage and floods out the garage,” Martinez, California, resident Larry Hines said.

    Ahead of the storm, high surf is eating away at the Washington state shoreline, pulling houses right into the Pacific.

    By the end of the week, 10-foot waves are expected in Southern California.

    “Obviously, we’re concerned about the front of these homes that face the ocean,” Seal Beach Police Sgt. Phil Gonshak said.

    The heavy rain won’t bring an end to the region’s drought, but meteorologists say it will be a step in the right direction.

    In the mountains, a blizzard warning is in effect, with the Sierra Nevadas expected to get about three feet of snow. Forecasters warn that winds could be up to 80 miles per hour.

    Snow is plaguing parts of the Northeast as well.

    Upstate New York is already seeing 20 inches of the frozen precipitation. And at least 15 accidents have been reported in Massachusetts, where roads are covered in black ice.

    “I couldn’t stop the car; it was icy,” one motorist said.

    Meanwhile, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts below-normal temperatures for about three-fourths of the country. So, this cold weather hitting both coasts now could be the beginning of a long, cold, snowy winter.

    Report via CBN News



     

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