‘Pineapple express’ storm wallops California

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Dozens of evacuation orders were in place Friday as a powerful atmospheric river, known as a “Pineapple express,” surged into an already-sodden California, sparking warnings of widespread flash flooding. Up to nine inches (23 centimeters) of rain were expected in some parts of the state, with several feet of heavy, wet snow falling over mountains where a huge snowpack has built up over months of near-record storms. Forecasters said the Pineapple Express — so called because it is bringing warm, subtropical moisture from Hawaii — could cause some of that monster snowpack to…

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