Storm to bring wind and heavy rain to West, snow to Upper Midwest
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A storm has moved into the Western U.S. and it’s bringing heavy rain, wind and snow to the region today, before it moves toward the Midwest on Sunday night and early Monday.
There are wind alerts, winter storm warnings, flash flood watches and winter weather advisories issued for parts of California to parts of Montana and Idaho.
As the storm brings widespread precipitation to the West this weekend, it will bring periods of heavy rain to coastal California, including San Francisco and Los Angeles. Between 1- 4” of rain is expected in the San Francisco Bay area, which could cause flooding in areas.
North of the Bay Area, some of the heaviest rain forecasted will fall over recent burn scars, increasing the threat of debris flows and mudslides. This includes areas affected by the Camp Fire, Mendocino Complex Fire, Carr Fire, and Kincade Fire.
Rainfall rates at some of these burn areas could be as high as 0.75” per hour. Additionally, winds could gust up over 40 mph at times, which could lead to power outages in Northern California.
Meanwhile in the Sierra, it will be dangerous to travel this weekend, especially in the mountain passes of I-80. Four feet of snow is expected, making travel extremely difficult. Snowfall rates could be intense at times, especially Saturday night in the Sierra near Reno, where whiteout conditions are possible.
This system will join up with a couple of disturbances to bring some hazardous impacts Sunday night and Monday. The main concern will be a narrow band of snow that is likely to move into the Upper Midwest, including parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Additionally, heavy rain will move into parts of the Ohio Valley and East Coast.
Up to 6″ of snow is possible in parts of the Upper Midwest through Monday, especially along the border of Wisconsin and Michigan. Snow is likely to impact the morning commute in Minneapolis on Monday.
And more than 2” of rain is coming to parts of the Northeast, which could mean pockets of flash flooding.
However, the most notable impact from this latest storm will be that it opens the door for very cold air to come into the U.S. On Wednesday morning, temperatures will drop dramatically. Wind chills will be as low as -35 in parts of the Midwest, and even down toward Chicago wind chills will be below zero. It appears right now that Minneapolis will likely not reach above zero degrees on Wednesday.
By Thursday of next week, a large swath of the Central and Eastern U.S. will see temperatures below average.
Crashing waves and erosion persistent enough to wear down cement tubes have been chipping away at Michigan’s western shores throughout the year, but rough surf and storm surge from the Thanksgiving storm churned up more than just sand.
Resting near the shore, a sunken ship lies belly-up and battered. The keel just scrapes above the surface, the end of the keel bending upward and out of the lapping waves.
President of the West Michigan Underwater Preserve John Hanson had gone to investigate the wreckage, trying to piece together the purpose and story behind the vessel.
„The whole keel length is only 12 inches wide and each of the ribs are only 5.5 inches square. And for a ship… a vessel this size to only have that small of ribs and that small of a keel, it was built rather light and for light duty, but not really a sailing ship,” Hanson told AccuWeather. „We realized it was more of a barge or a scow type construction, not a regular sailing schooner.”
By the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the wind and rain of the storm had arrived in Muskegon.
„It was windy, rainy and mild that Wednesday in Muskegon,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said. „Sustained winds were 20-25 mph much of the day from the west and southwest with gusts in the 40s.”
At the Muskegon County Airport 3 miles inland, a gust as high as 51 mph had been recorded.
„The combination of those westerly winds and wave action from the storm likely churned the ship up to the surface and then pushed it to the shore,” Pydynowski said.
Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes are not uncommon, and NOAA even has a database of discovered shipwrecks in U.S. waters. Lake Michigan alone serves as the resting place to around 1,500 discovered shipwrecks.
Included in that count are vessels such as The Lady Elgin, the SS Carl D. Bradley and supposedly the famous Le Griffon.
The Lady Elgin, a sidewheel steamboat, set out from Chicago for Milwaukee just before midnight on Sept. 7, 1860, according to the Winnetka Historical Society.
But visibility was greatly reduced as a storm rolled in, and the schooner Augusta crashed into the side of the larger ship during the early hours of Sept. 8. The Augusta limped away, but made it to its destination of Chicago. The Lady Elgin, however, sank within half an hour, the small ship having opened a large hole in the steamboat’s side.
Over 300 of the nearly 400 lives on board were lost.
„Any storm like [the Thanksgiving storm] producing 50-mph wind gusts, heavy rain and high waves would be dangerous for any ships out on the lake, especially smaller ones,” Pydynowski said. „Not only are the winds and waves dangerous themselves, the rain and spray from the waves can greatly reduce visibility, which obviously is also hazardous to anyone captaining a ship.”
After jumping from guesses and theories on the origin of the boat, Hanson landed on a possible explanation.
„We found a newspaper article saying that in 1936 a barge fell apart on the way being towed to Musegon,” Hanson said.
„It was hauling a 1915 Bucyrus Erie Steam Crane. The barge started taking on water and the Coast Guard was called,” Hanson told Fox News through an email. „In an effort to pull the barge faster to safety, the bow separated from the barge and the Steam Crane went into Lake Michigan, still Hot, to which it exploded.”
The crane from this incident had been discovered eight years prior and sits a quarter mile from the newly discovered barge.
But even this theorized connection sits in rough waters.
„Nothing’s absolute,” Hanson said.
Additional reporting by Blake Naftel.
L.A. to pay $4M to woman whose car plunged 20 feet into sewage sinkhole
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to pay up to $4 million to settle a lawsuit from a woman whose car was swallowed by a massive sinkhole, leaving it partially submerged in rushing water and forcing her to stand on the car’s exposed underside to call for help.
The incident took place in February 2017 in Studio City and caused the woman “significant injuries, damages and losses,” according to her lawsuit. Firefighters arrived to find the woman, Stephanie Scott, standing atop the upside-down car roughly 10 feet below the street surface. They used a 20-foot extension ladder to help her climb to safety in a rescue that was caught on camera, below, and transported her to the hospital.
“While being transported, the patient told firefighters that when she was driving, she felt the car pitch to the left, then it tumbled into the sinkhole,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in its incident report from Feb. 17, 2017. “The airbags deployed. Water started coming in the car. She tried to raise the windows which would not work. She was able to open the door n climb on top of the car and started screaming for help.”
Scott told an NBC affiliate on the scene of the incident that she felt her car turn over several times until it came to rest in a raging torrent of water. After she was freed, a minivan that had also become stuck in the sinkhole fell in completely and crashed on top of her car.
Scott sued the city of Los Angeles, the county and the city’s departments of water and power, public works and county sanitation districts alleging negligence, according to NBC News. Her attorneys told the Los Angeles Times she suffered a traumatic brain injury, post-concussive syndrome and vision problems.
“This was a very serious case, all due to the gross negligence of the city,” attorney Kevin Boyle said in a statement, per the Times. “Ms. Scott’s SUV fell 20 feet and landed on its roof. She is lucky to be alive — she could easily have broken her neck from the roof crush or drowned in the sewage she woke up in after regaining consciousness.”
The city’s Department of Public Works had previously said the sinkhole „was probably caused by a combination of excessive rain and a possible sewer failure.”
Moscow (AFP) – More than 50 polar bears have gathered on the edge of a village in Russia’s far north, environmentalists and residents said, as weak Arctic ice leaves them unable to roam.
The Russian branch of the World Wildlife Fund said climate change was to blame, as unusually warm temperatures prevented coastal ice from forming.
The WWF said 56 polar bears had gathered in a one-square-kilometre (0.4-square-mile) area near the village of Ryrkaipy in Chukotka on the northeastern tip of Russia.
There were concerns they could enter the village, home to fewer than 1,000 people, and patrols had been set up to monitor their movements.
„The number of human and predator encounters in the Arctic is increasing,” the WWF said in statement.
„The main reason is the decline of sea ice area due to the changing climate. In the absence of ice cover, animals are forced to go ashore in search of food.”
Residents had gathered walrus carcasses in the area to try to keep the bears from wandering into the village.
„We have created a feeding point with walrus carcasses that we gathered along the coast,” Tatyana Minenko of the local „Bear Patrol” told news agency RIA Novosti.
„As long as there is no big freeze, the sea ice will not form and the bears will stay on the coast,” she said.
Russia’s weather service said temperatures in the region should fall from Saturday and that coastal ice should freeze by December 11.
Polar bears regularly visit areas inhabited by humans in Arctic Russia to search for food, often in rubbish tips.
But the number of visits has been growing as the melting of Arctic ice from climate change forces the bears to spend more time on land where they compete for food.