Latest: Rivers swell as wet storm moves through California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a wet California storm (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Forecasters say up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain fell over two days as a spring storm swelled rivers and flooded roads in Northern California.

The National Weather Service says the heaviest rain was in the northern Sierra and in coastal counties from San Francisco north to Mendocino during a 48-hour period ending Saturday afternoon. Downtown San Francisco saw nearly 2 inches (5 centimeters) on Friday.

The storm tapered off by late Saturday morning, but rain runoff continues to cause minor flooding along the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe. And parts of Yosemite National Park remain closed as the Merced River peaks several feet above flood stage through the Yosemite Valley.

The wet weather resulted from a strong “atmospheric river” of subtropical moisture that moved through from Hawaii.


9:45 a.m.

Northern California was drenched by a powerful “Pineapple Express” storm that flooded roadways, forced flight cancellations and caused a rare baseball rainout.

No major problems were reported after the heaviest rain from the “atmospheric river” of subtropical moisture moved through from Hawaii late Friday. But flood warnings and watches remain in effect Saturday for the Sierra Nevada, the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco and other areas. Forecasters say runoff from melting snow could add to the chance of rapidly rising streams and rivers.

Police rescued a man who became trapped in a rain-swollen drainage channel near Sacramento. The state capital saw more than 1.17 inches nearly 3 centimeters) of rain Friday and San Francisco saw nearly 2 inches (5 centimeters).

San Francisco International Airport reported about 150 cancelled flights were canceled Friday because of the weather. The Giants game was also canceled.

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