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California ‘weather bomb’ pushes north

Los Angeles, Feb 19: A fierce storm, dubbed “bombogenesis” or “weather bomb”, has eased in California, while pressing on further north in the US state. Torrential rain, flash floods and mud slides wreaked havoc on Friday and early Saturday, killing at least five people, the BBC reported.

Meteorologists said it was the worst storm to hit California in years. Forecasters warned residents in the north, including San Francisco, to expect more heavy rain on Sunday. Meteorologists described the storm as “bombogenesis”, an intense extra-tropical cyclonic low-pressure area, or “a weather bomb”. The north of the state has already experienced fears of flooding at the tallest dam in the country, Oroville Dam, when more than 180,000 residents were evacuated from their homes last week. (IANS)

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