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A series of powerful winter storms are barreling across the parched state of California, knocking out power to more than 400,000, threatening mud slides and triggering evacuation orders. Evacuation orders are in place in parts of San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, warning of an “immediate threat to life.” The orders come amid forecasts that parts of the Bay Area, and the Santa Cruz and Santa Lucia mountains could see up to 10 inches of rainfall through late Thursday. A high wind warning is also in effect in the Bay Area through Wednesday afternoon. Across the state, more than 8 million people are under flood alerts, with a combination of torrential rainfall along with historic mountain snow pummeling the region. Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputies went door to door earlier this week warning residents to leave the area ahead of the storms, according to CNN affiliate KSBW. “Please be safe and heed the evacuation orders,” the sheriff’s office urged Tuesday on Twitter.