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High-impact atmospheric river sent by bomb cyclone into California

The National Weather Service issues flood watches and warnings for much of Northern and Central California. The system is set to unleash its harshest conditions Wednesday night into early Thursday. Forecasters warn of flooding, landslides, mudslides and rapid rises in rivers/creeks. The parent low-pressure system is a “bomb cyclone,” meaning rapid intensification since early in the week. Winds are gusting to 40 to 60 mph along the coast and over 80 mph on the ridgetops. The cold front should arrive in the Bay Area by the start of the evening commute.