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California pummeled by heavy rain, snow

California, USA
Sandbags and barriers have been placed to protect property from flash floods

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Hundreds of thousands of people across California remained without power early Saturday following a severe storm that pummeled the region with hurricane-force winds, driving rain and heavy snow.

Around 300,000 homes and businesses throughout the state were experiencing electricity outages by 2:00pm (2200 GMT) Saturday, a spokeswoman from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) told AFP.

San Francisco bore the brunt of Friday's weather, which dumped up to eight inches of rain in the worst-hit areas and saw winds in excess of 100 miles per hour (161 kilometers per hour), according to National Weather Service Figures.

More than 400 trees were uprooted as winds battered the city, prompting officials to declare a local state of emergency, although there were no reports of fatalities or injuries, the OES spokeswoman said.

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