The terrible beauty of California's impending rainstorm

After months of drought, California is about to get hit with a storm that is likely to be the biggest (and windiest) the state has seen in at least 3 years. In this satellite photo taken today by NOAA, you can see the storm approaching.

Some cities in southern California are being ordered to evacuate because they are in flood zones.

For more information about the storm, see NOAA's warnings page.