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He had earlier tweeted that Winfrey's home was a "staging ground for helicopter rescues".
At least 17 people have died as a result of Tuesday's mudslides in California, while more than a dozen remain missing, officials have said. Rain fell at more than 1.5 inches per hour, according to CNN, causing a series of horrific mudslides that uprooted trees, washed cars right off the road, and left homes utterly destroyed.
A auto and debris were smashed against a tree along Hot Springs Road.More news: Kentucky Is First State Granted Approval For Medicaid Work Requirements
The heavy rains have been risky because vegetation is missing - burned away by the Thomas Fire - that would normally help channel the water and mud flow. On Tuesday, she took to Instagram and showed photos of the deep mud in her backyard and video of rescue helicopters flying over her house. About 300 people are estimated to be stranded in a single Montecito neighborhood, while 50 others have been rescued from their homes or cards.
Searchers made their way across a landscape strewn with boulders and covered in cement-like mud shoulder-high in some places.
Rescue efforts are under way in Santa Barbara County for residents trapped by mudslides that overwhelmed an area scorched by wildfires last month. Other victims included a Catholic school founder in Ventura and a prominent local realtor in Montecito, per ABC News. "There will be more", Zaniboni said, adding that some of those brought to safety were buried in mud.More news: Oprah for President? The Stars React, and Stedman Drops a Clue
Emergency services said a number of people were unaccounted for and they expected the number of deaths to rise. Twenty had "storm-related injuries" and four were critically hurt, the BBC reported on Wednesday.