San Francisco, CA

Residents in North California are bracing themselves for one of the most massive storms to hit the drought-stricken region in over five years.

The storm is expected to cause hurricane force winds while dumping several inches of rain within a brief amount of time. While the state is a desperate need for the shower during this drought, the vast amount of rain is possibly going to cause flash floods.

Debris being swept in the air by the massive wind gusts is another concern from emergency management officials.

Ahead of the impact of the storm on California, multiple schools districts were canceling classes on Thursday.

Authorities are issuing flash flood, high surf, and wind advisories in North California.

It is not just rain that is a threat but snow in the Sierra Nevada where forecasters say the storm system could bring up to two feet of snow.

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