Major Winter Storm Hits West Coast

California is the latest target of a major winter storm that will be blasting through the western United States over the next few days. Strong winds, pelting rain and heavy snow hammered California on Friday, toppling trees and cutting power to more than a million people. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in fire-scarred areas due to the threat of mudslides.

Flights were grounded in Northern California as gusts reached 80 mph during the second wave of a winter storm that sent trees crashing onto houses, cars and roads. The National Weather Service expects the storm to dump as much as 10 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by Sunday evening. Homeowners in Southern California stacked sandbags and hay bales around their homes. Residents in the low-lying areas of the Central Valley piled sandbags to barricade their homes from streams that forecasters warned might swell.

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