California storm: Giant sinkhole swallows cars during extreme weather in US

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More than 33 million people are being threatened by the latest deadly storm lashing the west coast of the US where city streets are being turned to rivers, mud is cutting off highways and a sinkhole has swallowed cars.

Early on Wednesday morning, authorities confirmed a total of 17 people had been killed in California during this year’s severe weather.

It comes after the town of Montecito – home to Prince Harry, Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres – was among the communities ordered to evacuate yesterday. Celebrities and their neighbours have since been told they can return home.

Escaping the path of the storm had brought with it its own set of risks. People were trapped in elevators during power outages, cars submerged and a mother and daughter were among four people who fell into a sinkhole.

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