California welcomed the New Year’s eve with severe cold winter storms as normal life remained derailed on Wednesday due to bone-chilling weather conditions.
According to the authorities, the bad winters and severe storms claimed lives of several people in California.
The health officials released a weather warning on Tuesday (December 30) for the residents across California as the severe storms were likely to hit in the next few days, triggering massive snow and rainfall.
The strong winter storm also forced residents to face a cold and frosty New Year’s eve.
At least five people have also died in California due to the adverse weather conditions. Two people died each in Paradise and Santa Catalina Island (Southern California) and one woman died in Redding.
A child was also reported injured due to the unexpected falling of a tree in Redding, Northern California.
According to the US National Weather Service (NWS), the strong winds hit the harbor after travelling at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.
Nearly 200 motorists were left stranded due to snow that hit the mountain highways near Los Angeles. All the stranded motorists were, however, rescued by the firefighters.
Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, interim health officer at Los Angeles County, said, “Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps. Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.”
California is among the worst affected regions in the western United States. Some of the other states to hit hard by the cold storms include Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.