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California has been battered by a series of intense storms during the early weeks of February.

California has been battered by a series of intense storms during the early weeks of February. These weather events have caused disasters such as floods, power outages, landslides, and structural collapses. It is expected that the storms will leave the region after a final downpour on Thursday, February 8; however, authorities warn of the ongoing threat of landslides in the hills.

Despite reports indicating that the population is safe, one of these storms claimed the lives of five U.S. Marines when a helicopter crashed on the outskirts of San Diego.

According to officials, the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter disappeared on Tuesday night while returning to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego after training at Creech Air Force Base, northwest of Las Vegas. The helicopter, designed for adverse conditions, vanished during a historic storm that brought heavy snowfall and record rainfall to California.

En la imagen se muestran calles inundadas

Search teams battled challenging weather conditions and rugged terrain in Pine Valley, located at an altitude of about 3,700 feet (1,127 meters) in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Various military and civilian agencies participated in the operation, including the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Border Patrol, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and the state Civil Air Patrol.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden expressed their condolences in a statement, conveying deep sadness over the loss of lives. They urged the Department of Defense to continue investigating the incident and extended their sympathies to the affected families, squadron, and the U.S. Marine Corps.

The storms have had a significant impact on residents throughout California, as weather events of this magnitude have not been seen in years. One of the worst storms in Southern California history triggered at least 475 mudslides in the Los Angeles area after recording over 30 centimeters of rain in some areas.

Tyler Kranz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, noted that the city’s soil is unable to absorb more water as it is saturated, leading to severe flooding.

Karen Bass, the Mayor of Los Angeles, announced that the city is committed to providing assistance to those affected by the weather-related damage. Authorities are seeking emergency federal funding to help evacuate shelters and support homeowners of affected properties, especially in cases where insurance does not cover the losses.


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