'Bomb cyclone' and some of the worst natural disasters of this millennium
Massive bomb cyclone and atmospheric river ravage Northern California and Pacific Northwest
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Nature's immense and overwhelming beauty is balanced only by its immense and overwhelming destruction, and the numerous natural disasters of this millennium are proof of that. With our increased global connection, and the added pressures of climate change, each new catastrophe is felt more closely throughout the world, and the consequent death, illness, and devastation are impossible to ignore.
A massive bomb cyclone and atmospheric river has pounded into Northern California on October 24, causing flash floods, debris flows, power outages, and mudslides. A bomb cyclone occurs when a mid-latitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, and it's dumping huge amounts of water and whipping damaging winds across the West Coast. The atmospheric river is a a band carrying more water vapor than the surrounding air, and was elevated to a Category 5, the highest designation on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Extreme Weather Lab scale, according to CBS.
Over 160,000 homes and businesses in California, more than 170,000 in Washington, and over 28,000 in Oregon were left without power due to the weather, and two people were killed by a fallen tree in the greater Seattle area, USA Today reports.
Click through to see the incredible damage caused by the elements.
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