Los Angeles (CNN) - Torrential rains moved walls of rock and mud Friday in Southern California, burying homes in one neighborhood, closing a coastal highway and prompting evacuations of foothill communities imperiled by landslides.
The damage marked the second day of a fierce storm slamming the Pacific Coast that, in California, served to trade one natural disaster for another, namely the state's record drought of the past three years.
At a minimum, the biggest storm in years slaked the dry earth, but it is coming at a high price for many people.
Mudslides swarmed or threatened homes near recent hillside fires.
It was a snowfall of historic proportions in the area around Buffalo. And the monster snowstorm inspired a storm of images on social media. CNN's Jeanne Moos has some of the best, both real and bogus, from belly flop to doggie igloo.
Millions are cleaning up and assessing the damage after some of the worst flooding in a generation.
About two trillion gallons of rain fell up and down the east coast.
Cars can be seen floating.
Pensacola, Florida was the hardest hit, with 15 inches of rain in 24 hours submerging entire neighborhoods.
Our Alina Machado is in Pensacola, where she spoke to a man who describes how he survived the historic flooding.
Tornadoes killed 16 people in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa. "It's chaos here," said one mayor. Severe weather is forecast today in the South and Midwest.
CNN's Erin Burnett has the latest.
Record breaking ice is bringing America's Great Lakes to a standstill.
Ninety-three percent of Lake Michigan is covered in ice, according to the National Weather Service. The last time the lake was this frozen, it was 1977.
Satellite images from the last couple of weeks show just how expansive it is.
CNN's Ted Rowlands is OutFront on a coast guard ice breaker with the story.