They call it a Pineapple Express. Warm water in the Pacific Ocean around Hawaii builds up and turns into an atmospheric river that dumps huge amounts of water on the West Coast.
In this case, it’s California and the Pineapple Express rains are wreaking havoc on the Golden State. On Monday the excessive rainfall designation from the Weather Prediction Center is a level 4.
That’s the highest level.
At the time this is being written, Southern California is getting the brunt of the atmospheric river’s dumping of water. Flooding, mudslides and power outages are not only causing problems, they’re killing people.
The Pineapple Express is also dumping excessive amounts of snow in the mountains and is causing travel troubles.
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has issued a news release advising consumers on how to protect themselves.
“Consumers have been hit hard by these winter storms. It’s essential to know what your insurance covers so you can recover quickly,” Lara said. “Even if you think you may not have a claim, it’s important to confirm this with your insurance company. You pay the premiums, you are entitled to services to help you recover with a valid claim. My team is here to help you understand your policy and how to get help if you have winter storm damage to your home, business, or vehicle.”
Lara also advised them to get familiar with their insurance policies — and with how flooding isn’t covered by their homeowners policies. Mudslide damage is also not covered in a homeowners policy and neither is debris flow from flooding.
However, Lara said a lot of water damage from wind-driven rain and fallen trees is covered.
The storms are also pushing into Nevada and Arizona.
Source link: CNN — https://bit.ly/49rUrlg
Source link: California Department of Insurance — https://bit.ly/3w4OGeK