A 2-year-old boy was among at least two people who died after a storm swept through California, toppling trees, flooding streets and leaving thousands in the dark.
The boy, who has not been identified, was sitting on a sofa in the living room Wednesday night when the tree crashed through the roof from the mobile home in Occidental, «driving into or landing» on top of it, a spokesman for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.
The boy’s father and a neighbor managed to free the boy. Fire personnel performed CPR, but the boy was pronounced dead from his injuries shortly before 6 p.m.
The sheriff’s office spokesman said the boy’s father and mother were home at the time but reported no injuries.
In Fairfield, a 19-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle collision around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. Police said the woman was driving on a partially flooded road when the car she was traveling in hydroplaned and crashed into a utility pole.
«Unfortunately, the unsafe speed for the conditions was likely the primary reason for the collision, and water on the road was a contributing factor,» the Fairfield Police Department said. saying.
His name was not released.
Parts of California were affected by heavy rain, high winds and flooding that left thousands of people in the dark. By Thursday afternoon, more than 160,000 customers across the state were without power, according to the tracking website. poweroutage.com. Just over 16,000 customers reported outages in Sonoma and more than 23,000 in San Mateo.
San Francisco authorities also responded to reports of downed trees. A family was trapped in a vehicle after a tree collapsed. They were rescued and are doing well, the fire department said.
Multiple downed trees almost completely blocked Interstate 280 in San Mateo Country, the California Highway Patrol saidurging drivers to avoid the area.
The National Weather Service said Thursday that continued thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected throughout the day. Heavy snow is also expected in the Sierra mountains.
«We are still not out of the woods even though we have seen a break in the rain this morning,» Julie Malingowski, a meteorologist with the weather service, said in a statement. video update. «Additional rain is expected. The threat of flooding still exists today. Flash flood watches and flash flood watches are still in effect for many parts of California today.»