Avalanche warnings and evacuations in effect for some areas amid flooding and risk of debris flows

More rain, snow and wind hit America’s west on Wednesday, flooding roads, toppling trees and cutting power while raising threats of debris flows from wildfire scars.

The tempest, aimed at California and southern Oregon and barreling toward Nevada, was feeding on a deep plume of moisture, known as an atmospheric river, stretching across the Pacific Ocean to near Hawaii, the National Weather Service said.

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