Major storms bearing down on Pacific Northwest, California

Lots of rainfall and flooding are possible this week.

December 18, 2018, 6:20 AM

A series of storms are slamming the West Coast with heavy rain, huge waves, strong winds and snow at higher elevations.

In central and northern California on Monday waves were as high as 30 feet, with 40- to 50-foot breaks. Coastal flooding and erosion were reported.

An even-more-powerful storm is hitting the region today, prompting flood watches, high-wind alerts and winter storm warnings across nine states.

Much of the Pacific Northwest and California are under weather warnings and alerts as storms approach.
Much of the Pacific Northwest and California are under weather warnings and alerts as storms approach.
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Travelers along Interstate 5 today, from Washington state to Northern California, will get drenched and should be on the look out for potential flooding. Those traveling along I-90 or I-84 east of Seattle and Portland should expect to see heavy snow in mountain passes.

Parts of the West Coast could see heavy rain this week.
Parts of the West Coast could see heavy rain this week.
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The strong storm system likely will move over the Rockies on Wednesday and redevelop in the Plains before moving toward the Southeast and East Coast by the end of the workweek. More flooding in those areas is a distinct possibility.

Florida may see severe storms on Thursday, especially in the central and southern part of the state, with the possibility for damaging winds and a few tornadoes.

Parts of the East Coast could see heavy rain and flooding this week.
Parts of the East Coast could see heavy rain and flooding this week.
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Some parts of the East Coast could see 3 inches of rain by the end of the week, with already-saturated areas, including the Carolinas, prone to possible flooding.

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