Biden going to California to survey storm damage

The state has been hit by nine so-called "atmospheric river" storms.

Updated: January 17, 2023 - 10:14am

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President Biden will go to California on Thursday to survey widespread damage inflicted upon the state from a series of deadly Pacific storms.

The president will visit the state's central coast, which has been hit hard by the storms – whose wind, rain and ocean surges have resulted in the death of at least 19 people throughout California.

The White House said Monday that Biden will meet with first-responders and state and local officials, survey recovery efforts and assess what additional federal support is needed, according to the Associated Press

The state has been hit by nine so-called "atmospheric river" storms over a period of roughly three weeks. The last storm is expected to end Thursday. 

The storms have also cut power to thousands, swamped roads, toppled trees and has triggered landslides, the wire service also reports.

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