Family Recounts Surviving Deadly Sierra Storm

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San Jose Mercury News: ‘It just snuck up on us:’ Family tells of surviving Sierra storm

“An experienced backpacker, Frank Horath knew to check the weather forecast before leaving on an overnight hike with family members to an alpine lake in the Sierra National Forest.

It called for clear weather in the mountains through the weekend, with a storm moving in Monday. They would be home well before then, he thought.

As Horath, his brother-in-law and their sons huddled in their camp Saturday night at nearly 9,900 feet on the shore of Rae Lake, it became clear the forecast had been wrong. The weather had turned, bringing the storm early – and it was worse than they ever imagined.”

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