Rain in California breaks all-time records

Northern California recorded record precipitation from an atmospheric storm system on Sunday.

Downtown Sacramento recorded a record 24-hour precipitation total of 5.44 inches, surpassing a mark set in 1880, officials announced early Monday.

The rains started to diminish in the area by daylight, after hammering the area the day before. One night of relentless rain knocked down trees and flooded the streets. As of Sunday night, many of the roads in downtown Sacramento were covered with water just inches deep, slowing traffic and leaving cars precariously slipping through water that reached half of their tires.

Streams overflowed near the American River, where many homeless camps are located, prompting authorities to open emergency shelters.

Blue Canyon in Placer County received 10.4 inches, breaking its previous record of 1964.

And in the Bay Area, the 4.02 inches of rain that fell on Sunday marked the wettest October day ever in downtown San Francisco, and the fourth wettest day in history.

About 125,000 residents of the state – from the Bay Area to Sacramento and Lake Tahoe and all the way to San Luis Obispo – were without power as of Monday morning, according to PG&E.

Power was cut on the Bay Bridge around 7 a.m. – a few hours later broadcast video large platforms on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge overturned by the storm.

In some areas, the rain turned to snow, creating dangerous conditions that resulted in the closure of several major roads and crossings across the state, according to the California Department of Transportation.

On Monday morning, along the Bay Area Peninsula, teams and owners were tending to fallen branches on the streets, leaf-covered gutters and overturned basketball hoops.

Large puddles formed on some roads and intersections. A 6 inch deep pool of standing water made driving especially annoying at the corner of El Camino and Valparaiso Avenue in Menlo Park.

In the Santa Cruz Mountains, however, first responders felt relieved.

“We dodged a bullet,” said Chief Mark Bingham of the Boulder Creek Fire Protection District. Evacuation orders had been put in place over the weekend due to the risk of debris flows and flooding.

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