In Photos: Ferocious Storm Floods California

People use kayaks and a canoe to make their way around a flooded parking lot at a shopping center in Healdsburg, Calif.  (Photo: Eric Risberg, AP)
People use kayaks and a canoe to make their way around a flooded parking lot at a shopping center in Healdsburg, Calif. (Photo: Eric Risberg, AP)

The West Coast of the United States is being hit by one of the strongest storm in years bringing heavy rain that flooded some parts of California.

In Oregon, at least two people were reportedly killed due to the storm.

The ferocious storm also produced very strong winds across Northern California, including hurricane force wind of 78 mph near Lake Tahoe and over 100 mph in many spots in the mountains.

According to the National Weather Service, the highest gust recorded so far was 147 mph which was recorded near Lake Tahoe.

The powerful storm system is fueled by the “Pineapple Express” that is delivering a steady stream of moisture directly from Hawaii to the West Coast.

There were flash flood in several parts of the Bay Area and some parts of major highways were closed due to flooding.

Beware Of Carrot Weeds

Carrot weed plant with flowers.
Carrot weed plant with flowers.

Malaysia health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah warned the people to not touch carrot weeds or parthenium hysterophorus for it can cause skin rash, skin peeling, itching of the skin, swelling of the eyes, allergic rhinitis and disruption to the respiratory system, like cold and asthma especially to children and elderly people.

In Malaysia the weed is known as rumpai miang Mexico and is found in Perak, Selangor, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan,  Johor and Melaka.

It is said that the  pollen from the weed contained chemicals known as parthenin, hymenin and ambrosin which could be harmful to health

Anyone who is exposed to the weed and had the allergy symptoms such as skin rash, skin peeling, itching of the skin, swelling of the eyes, allergic rhinitis and disruption to the respiratory system, like cold and asthma is advised to seek immediate treatment.

Anyway, not everybody who is exposed to the weed may get allergic reaction.

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