Atmospheric river drenches California, causing rescues, evacuations | USA TODAY

An atmospheric river soaking California has caused evacuations and a Presidential Emergency Declaration as more rain is expected.

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More than half of California was under either a flood watch or a winter storm warning Sunday as one atmospheric river receded and another one approached.

These long, narrow bands in the atmosphere carry copious amounts of water vapor that get released as rain or snow when making landfall. The upcoming atmospheric river, not expected to be quite as wet as the one from the weekend, will be the 11th to slam the state since late December.

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