Photos: Storm slams Northern California with flooding and debris flows, heads toward SoCal

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Rocks and vegetation cover Highway 70 following a landslide in the Dixie Fire zone on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Plumas County, Calif. Heavy rains blanketing Northern California created slide and flood hazards in land scorched during last summer's wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Rocks and vegetation cover Highway 70 after a land collapse in the Dixie fire zone in Plumas County. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

A massive storm barreled toward Southern California on Monday after flooding highways, toppling trees and causing rock slides and mudflows in areas burned bare by wildfires across the northern half of the state.

Drenching rains and strong winds accompanied the weekend arrival of an atmospheric river — a long plume of Pacific moisture — into the drought-stricken state.

Snow falls on Mammoth Mountain on Monday in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Snow falls on Mammoth Mountain on Monday in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (Christian Pondella/Mammoth Mountain Ski Area )
Houseboats float on Lake Oroville in Oroville, Calif.
Houseboats float on Lake Oroville. Recent storms raised the reservoir more than 16 feet, according to the California Department of Water Resources. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)
Rocks and vegetation cover Highway 70 after a land collapse in the Dixie fire zone in Plumas County.
Rocks and vegetation cover Highway 70 after a land collapse in the Dixie fire zone in Plumas County. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)
A road closed sign floats on a flooded street while a person walks through the water with a plastic bag
A "road closed" sign floats on a flooded street Sunday in San Rafael. A Category 5 atmospheric river brought heavy precipitation, high winds and power outages to the San Francisco Bay Area. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down Sunday in Marin City, Calif.
Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down Sunday in Marin City, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A motorist stands next to his car and surveys floodwaters crossing a street
A motorist surveys floodwaters Sunday from Lake Madrone crossing Oro Quincy Highway in Butte County. The area burned in 2020's North Complex fire. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)
Two children play on boards in floodwaters while one child pulls them
Children play in floodwaters Sunday in Mill Valley, Calif. (Ethan Swope/Associated Press)
A person bikes through floodwaters
A person bikes through floodwaters Sunday in Mill Valley, Calif. (Ethan Swope/Associated Press)
Allison Chan carries son Ian Dimaano as she walks past a puddle as rain falls
Allison Chan and son Ian Dimaano pass a puddle Sunday as rain falls in Alameda. (Anda Chu/Associated Press)
A pedestrian walks on a flooded street
A pedestrian walks on a flooded street Sunday in Kentfield, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Workers push rainwater off a tarp covering the field at Levi's Stadium
Workers push water off a tarp covering the field from rain Sunday at Levi's Stadium before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts in Santa Clara. (Jed Jacobsohn/Associated Press)

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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