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Amid drought, California welcomes rain

San Francisco

Amid drought, California welcomes rain

Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday even as rain and snow brought the threat of avalanches, flooding and rock slides. The storm that moved in Thursday, powered by a warm, moisture-packed system from the Pacific Ocean known as a Pineapple Express, dropped more than 11 inches of rain on Marin County's Mount Tamalpais and on the Sonoma County town of Guerneville by late Saturday afternoon, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said. The weekend downpour is ample but by itself will not solve the drought worries, National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Strudley said.

Philadelphia

Power restored for many after storm

Utility crews restored power to thousands of Pennsylvania homes Saturday, but some customers in the dark for days after a tree-snapping ice storm may not regain power until Monday. About 95,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remained without power late Saturday afternoon and faced the prospect of a fourth night without electric heat or light. Most are in the Philadelphia area, with utility PECO reporting about 93,000 outages Saturday night, down about 60,000 from in the morning. More than 1 million customers lost power at the storm's peak.

Dayton, Ohio

Cat lover mauled to death by 2 dogs

An Ohio woman known for her love of cats was found in front of her home Friday fatally mauled by two neighborhood dogs. Police say they found Klonda Richey, 57, unclothed, with her coat apparently torn off by the mixed-breed dogs. Next-door neighbors Andrew Nason, 28, and Julie Custer, 23, were taken into custody and being held pending a formal charge of reckless homicide, authorities said. The Dayton Daily News reported that police killed the two male dogs. The newspaper said Richey cared for at least 20 cats.

Turkey

Sochi hijack try was over prisoners

A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to hijack a Turkey-bound commercial flight and divert it to Sochi on the day of the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony wanted to press for the release of antigovernment protesters in his country, authorities said Saturday. The man, identified by Turkish media as Artem Hozlov, 45, claimed he had a bomb and tried to divert a Pegasus Airlines flight, which originated in Kharkiv, Ukraine, to Sochi, Russia, on Friday. The crew tricked him and landed the plane in Istanbul instead where he was subdued.

Elsewhere

Chicago: Former Mayor Richard M. Daley, 71, left a Chicago hospital Saturday after more than a week of tests to determine why he was feeling ill and disoriented during a business trip.

Associated Press

Amid drought, California welcomes rain 02/09/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 8, 2014 11:47pm]
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