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'Staggering' Rainfall Totals


Torrential downpours came with the weekend arrival of an atmospheric river storm system to the Bay Area, shattering rainfall records in drought-stricken California. Also dubbed a "bomb cyclone," the massive storm toppled trees, flooded busy highways and homes, prompted evacuations and cut power to about 380,000 people

The weather service called preliminary rainfall totals "staggering."

Sunday was the fourth-wettest day ever for downtown San Francisco in records that went back to the Gold Rush years, the weather service said.

In the state's Central Valley, Sacramento got 5.4 inches of rain, shattering the all-time one-day rainfall record dating to 1880, the weather service said.

Some Of The Highest Rain Totals For Bay Area Cities

Mount Tamalpais: 16.55 inches.

Danville: 10.15 inches.

Boulder Creek: 10.13 inches.

Oakland: 9.04 inches.

Saint Helena: 8.79 inches.

Novato: 8.47 inches.

San Francisco: 7.95 inches.

San Rafael: 6.47 inches.

South San Francisco: 5.09 inches.

Napa: 5.5 inches.

"It's been a memorable past 24 hours for the Bay Area as the long-talked-about atmospheric river rolled through the region," a Bay Area weather service office said. "We literally have gone from fire/drought conditions to flooding in one storm cycle."

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