SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on storms in California (all times local):
Authorities say a California Highway Patrol officer died late Sunday after he was struck by an SUV while directing traffic in snowy conditions on a Sierra Nevada freeway.
The CHP said 35-year-old Nathan Taylor was struck Saturday on Interstate 80 near Truckee, California.
Taylor was directing traffic around an accident in the westbound lanes when a Nissan Pathfinder lost control and struck the officer, knocking him several feet in the air before he landed face down in a median.
The weather was so bad that the officer had to be taken to a Reno, Nevada, hospital by ambulance instead of helicopter. Taylor died after undergoing surgery.
The CHP says Taylor was married and had three young sons.
A memorial is planned Tuesday at the CHP's training academy in West Sacramento.
Four straight days of stormy weather have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California to historical averages — including Lake Shasta, which hasn't been this full since May 2013.
Authorities say the state's largest reservoir is at 79 percent capacity and at 103 percent of its historical average for this time of year. Butte County's Lake Oroville is at 70 percent of capacity and 97 percent of its historical average, levels not seen since 2013.
Lake Shasta north of Redding is a critical water source for Central Valley farms and cities from the Bay Area to Bakersfield.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokesman Shane Hunt said Monday that Shasta is welcome news but other critical reservoirs remain dry, including the man-made Lake Melones in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
California is entering its fifth year of drought and experts caution that it will take several years of average or above-average rainfall to remedy the deficit.
A suburban San Francisco town is seeing more than its share of damage from the powerful storms that drenched Northern California over the last several days.
Television station KRON reports (http://bit.ly/1SMEpaP ) that about 2,500 homes and businesses in the town of Moraga were without gas on Monday after a sinkhole opened up near a shopping center and toppled a light pole that ruptured a gas line.
Pacific Gas & Electric crews briefly evacuated about 450 people working nearby on Sunday night and also advised residents to shelter in place until the leak could be capped.
Crews are going door-to-door to make sure it's safe to turn the gas back on at each affected property.
Meanwhile, a small landslide is threatening two homes in Moraga, KRON says (http://bit.ly/1RZB71Q ). The slide took out a deck at one of the home.
Commuters are experiencing slick roads as the edge of a storm brings scattered showers and drizzle to Southern California after inundating the northern part of the state with heavy rain and snow.
The storm weakened as it moved south early Monday, though beachgoers are warned of powerful surf and rip currents.
The rain is expected to taper off later in the day, with warm, dry weather predicted for the rest of the week.
Northern California saw rivers and creeks swell and flood risk rise over the weekend. The National Weather Service says more than 7 inches of rain fell during a 72-hour period in Pescadero Creek in San Mateo County.
Downtown San Francisco received 3 inches of rain during the same period.
More than a foot of snow fell in the Sierra Nevada, and up to 3 feet is expected in the higher elevations through Monday.
Powerful surf and rip currents will make for dangerous swimming and surfing along the Southern California coast.
The National Weather Service said Monday that waves up to 9 feet will pound many beaches for most of the day.
A high surf advisory is in effect for Los Angeles County until 5 p.m.
A small craft advisory has been issued until 11 a.m. because of rough seas.
A storm that dumped heavy rain and snow in Northern California is bringing scattered showers and drizzle to the southern part of the state.