An “atmospheric river” has caused disastrous weather conditions and massive flooding in California

An “atmospheric river” has caused disastrous weather conditions and massive flooding in California and Nevada. The storm surge is stretching all the way from Hawaii.

The historic hollowed-out giant sequoia tree known as the “Pioneer Cabin” in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in came down early Sunday morning as the California storms intensified.

The tree was hollowed out during the 1800s to allow tourists to pass through it. This part of the Big Trees Trail has only been accessible to hikers in recent years, but early cars had once driven through it during the beginning part of the last century.

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Storms continue to pound the West Coast w rain & snow. One casualty is the famous Pioneer Cabin Tree in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA.

Hundreds of homes in the northern region of Nevada were evacuated as the atmospheric river rolled on and flood waters rose, ABC News notes. Massive thunderstorms hit northern California as the worst winter storm to hit the state in a decade struck the region.

Emergency work crews in California worked diligently to clear debris and trees on Sunday after mudslides caused by heavy and consistent rainfall, dumped 15 inches of precipitation in the foothills of the Sierras. The storm began moving east on Monday, but weather forecasters are warning a second storm is expected to hit the already water-logged area this evening.

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