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This Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, aerial photo, shows major flooding in Maxwell, Colusa County, Calif. Water is receding in the farm community of Maxwell, where dozens of people sought higher ground after creeks topped their banks and inundated houses on Friday, said Colusa County Assistant Sheriff Jim Saso said. (Hector Iniguez via AP)

California saw a week of deadly storms. Now it's bracing for a more powerful one.

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California was rattled last week by storms that killed at least three people and badly damaged spillways at the Oroville Dam.

Now an even more powerful Pacific storm is looming, USA Today reports. The storm started hitting California late Sunday and is expected to linger into Tuesday. Some areas will see up to 10 inches of rain from the storm that boasts 1,000-mile-wide rain clouds. 

"This is the biggest and strongest of these series of storms," AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Andrews said.

This seems to be a system that just keeps coming. We get dry for a couple of days and a new one comes through.
Robb Mayberry, Office of Emergency Services

In recent years, California has been plagued by drought. The rain is welcome and may end the drought, said Robb Mayberry, spokesman for the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. But the heavy storms have been overwhelming. 

California saw a week of deadly storms. Now it's bracing for a more powerful one.

WATCH | Here's some of the fallout from the last round of storms.

The water level at the Oroville Dam is decreasing, but residents of other flooded towns like Maxwell are bracing to leave again, officials said. 

Meteorologists urged caution.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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