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Following flooding, resident Herbert Estrada is seen fleeing bird rescue from his home along Salinas Road in Pajaro, California.

For those who do not speak Spanish, the word Pajaro means bird in English. In many ways, the town of Pajaro has become ground zero for the latest atmospheric river storm walloping in California, the 11th of the season.

Pajaro is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Monterey County, California. It is located on the south bank of the Pajaro River 5 miles northeast of its mouth, at an elevation of 26 feet 7.9 m. The population was 2,882 at the 2020 census, down from 3,070 in 2010. The school district is in Santa Cruz County.

The storm has dropped even more rain and snow on the beleaguered state, sending thousands of residents racing from rising waters. By Tuesday evening, about 336,000 households were without power, and 70 flood watches and warnings were in effect.

The small town of about 3,000 people, many migrant farmworkers, may not recover for a long time.

Eight people and eight dogs were rescued from the San Gabriel River in Azusa after they were swept away by fast-moving waters Monday evening.

What to know about March's wet forecast. Also, here's how long it will last.

Meanwhile, National Weather Service seeks 'weather enthusiasts' to measure rain and snow.…

Elsewhere, 270 people reportedly died, and tens of thousands were displaced in Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar amid Cyclone Freddy's heavy rains and winds this month. The storm dissipated Wednesday after landfall three times, once in Madagascar and twice in Mozambique. Malawi's financial hub, Blantyre, saw the majority of fatalities. See photos of the destruction here.


Freddy developed off the northern coast of Australia in early February before traveling over 4,000 miles across the southern Indian Ocean—only the fourth storm ever to do so—to South tip of Africa (see map). The storm became the longest-lasting and the most active cyclone ever recorded, continuing for 37 days with a total Accumulated Cyclone Energy of 86, roughly equivalent to an entire Atlantic hurricane season. Read more records of the storm that broke out here


And finally, to end on an up note, here's a clip from a live concert I took my wife and son to listen to.

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