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  • Location: Milton Keynes MK
  • Weather Preferences: anything extreme or intense !
  • Location: Milton Keynes MK

Scientists have warned politicians to take preventative action as a superstorm, dubbed the 'Big One', is expected to hit California.

US Geological Survey scientists predict that the storm could last 40 days, producing up to 10-feet of rain and causing £190 billion ($300 billion) worth of flooding damage, which would make it the most destructive storm in California's modern history.

National Weather Service images show an atmospheric river system - a huge hose-like flow of Pacific Ocean moisture - moving onto the state increasing the risk of the winter weather phenomenon.

The storm scenario, combining prehistoric geologic flood history with modern flood mapping and climate-change projections, was released at an ARkStorm Summit in Sacramento, California last week.

The scenario suggests that a quarter of houses in the Golden State could be battered by flooding.

Weather experts say the statewide weather event, which strikes once every 100-200 years could bring an unprecedented scale of destruction. There is also a considerable risk of wind damage to the eastern part of the state, according to chief scientist Lucy Jones.

The last superstorm hit California between 1861 and 1862, but scientists predict that the threat of another one looms closer as weather patterns become more volatile, due to rising temperatures in the atmosphere.

US Geological Survey Director, Marcia McNutt said: "The time to begin taking action is now, before a devastating natural hazard event occurs. This scenario demonstrates firsthand how science can be the foundation to help build safer communities. The ARkStorm scenario is a scientifically vetted tool that emergency responders, elected officials and the general public can use to plan for a major catastrophic event to help prevent a hazard from becoming a disaster."

Jones added: "This is not just a Californian problem. There will be disruption to ports and transportation systems. The economic impact will be felt across the country."

"For a storm which can cause four times as much damage as earthquakes, Californians are less aware of risks they face from floods."

Federal and state emergency management officials met last week to discuss emergency preparations for possible superstorms.

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  • Location: Sunderland
  • Weather Preferences: cold
  • Location: Sunderland

Hmm..

Scientists also warned us of global warming. Remember that political stunt ?

Well, the globe is warming, but that's for the climate area.

This superstorm seems SO far-fetched though, 10 foot of rain in 40 continuous days? Mad if it were to verify to 1/8th of that!

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  • Location: Liverpool
  • Location: Liverpool

Wait so they haven't actually given a rough date for this then? Or is it on the pacific now, headed for california, because if not it sounds like the whole "Earthquake imminent" idea- just an approximation

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  • Location: St helens, warrington, widnes border
  • Weather Preferences: Hot summers, Clod snowy Winters
  • Location: St helens, warrington, widnes border
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  • Location: Milton Keynes MK
  • Weather Preferences: anything extreme or intense !
  • Location: Milton Keynes MK

This powerful storm system will be what will push a frontal zone through Southern California on Sunday and Sunday night

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(TheWeatherSpace.com) -- A very strong storm system will impact the California coast on Sunday bringing damaging winds, thunderstorms, and heavy rainfall to the area.

http://www.southerncaliforniaweatherauthority.com/scwa.html

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  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy winters, hot, sunny springs and summers.
  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

If it's anything like the 'rain' we get here in the North West. It'll be a bit of drizzle and a slight breeze.

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  • Location: Bangor, Northern Ireland (20m asl, near coast)
  • Weather Preferences: Any weather will do.
  • Location: Bangor, Northern Ireland (20m asl, near coast)

70mph gusts, a bomb type low.....not really a superstorm lol :lol:

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  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy winters, hot, sunny springs and summers.
  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

70mph gusts, a bomb type low.....not really a superstorm lol :lol:

Exactly. Look at the first post. They warned of 10ft of rain.

Amazing how much people hype things up.

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  • Location: Bangor, Northern Ireland (20m asl, near coast)
  • Weather Preferences: Any weather will do.
  • Location: Bangor, Northern Ireland (20m asl, near coast)

They have to hype up some sort of severe weather risk, otherwise their funding will be cut and their jobs lost.

What is about to hit is just a typical bombing lp system bringing severe gales and heavy rain. Nothing major at all. Unless of course things significantly change in favour of an 11-12 Bfs force being widespread and torrential rainfall for over 24 hours I don't think this is their storm. Californias drains are monster compared to UK ones and their houses are built to withstand Earthquakes, so this little system won't provide any severe damage I would think.

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  • Location: Orleton, 6 miles south of Ludlow
  • Location: Orleton, 6 miles south of Ludlow

it is raining in San Francisco, but nothing on news 24 about the storm yet.

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  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion
  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion

This only got hyped up because Americans were panicking about a massive radiation cloud coming across the Pacific to kill them all.

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  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......
  • Weather Preferences: Hot & Sunny, Cold & Snowy
  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......

This only got hyped up because Americans were panicking about a massive radiation cloud coming across the Pacific to kill them all.

Don't Japan owe them one?

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