Snowstorm Kills 13 in California


At least 13 people have died as a result of a winter storm that hit Southern California and caused several feet of snow to fall in the mountains. The storm, which began a few days ago and moved eastward across the country, resulted in power outages, road closures, and avalanches in the San Bernardino Mountains. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received more than 1,000 calls for assistance during the storm.

Among the victims was a 93-year-old woman who was trapped in her home without power or water for two weeks. Her son was unable to reach her due to the snow and had to call for help. Rescuers found her body on Tuesday. Another person died in a snow-related car accident on Highway 18, while two teenage hikers were rescued by helicopter after being stranded for three days on Mount Baldy.

The storm caused challenges and risks for residents and rescuers in the mountains. Some people had to dig out their cars or homes from piles of snow up to six feet high, while others had to rely on generators or fireplaces for heat and light. Rescuers had to use snowmobiles, bulldozers, or helicopters to reach those who needed help.

The National Weather Service has warned of possible hazards such as flooding, mudslides, or power outages, as another storm system is expected to bring more rain and snow to Southern California later this week. It is advising people to stay alert and prepared.

To stay safe during a winter storm, it is important to check weather forecasts before traveling or going outdoors, stock up on essentials, keep your phone charged, have an emergency kit with supplies, stay indoors if possible, and avoid driving on icy or snowy roads. If you get stranded or need help, call 911 or your local authorities.

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