Death Toll From Major Storms Rises To At Least 20

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Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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The death toll from California’s string of storm systems reached at least 20 on Monday.

Nine major storm systems have battered the Golden State since Christmas, causing mass flooding, mandatory evacuations and other damage throughout the state. The death toll from almost a month of non-stop storms stood at a minimum of 20 as of Monday, according to Reuters.

What could be the last in a series of atmospheric river weather systems hit the state on Monday, but it remains unclear how much damage it has caused and how future snow melts might impact the state come spring. Mud and rock slides are also possible within canyon areas and near steep topography, Reuters noted.

Another small, weak storm system is expected to hit late Wednesday, targeting parts of northern and central California, Reuters continued. The state is then expected to experience at least 10 days of dry, cool weather.

“It’s coming to an end as we speak,” National Weather Service meteorologist William Churchill said on Monday, per Reuters. (RELATED: National Hurricane Center Is Tracking Something Strange Over The Atlantic)

President Joe Biden finally approved California’s request for federal disaster declaration on Saturday, days after second gentleman Doug Emhoff promised support from the administration at a public event in Los Angeles.