Southern California Bracing For Worst Storm In Years

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 17, 2017

The National Weather Service has warned that storms will be sweeping across the Bay Area until Wednesday.

Rainfall predictions ranged from 2 inches to 6 inches on the coast and from 5 inches to 10 inches in foothills and coastal mountain slopes.

The National Weather Service continues to report on the enormous storm that is barreling through the southland. It follows a quick-moving system Thursday that delivered modest rainfall totals, ranging from almost 2 inches in Venado in Sonoma County, 1.33 inches in the Santa Cruz Mountains and less than a half-inch in most cities.

Santa Anita Park near Pasadena canceled all its horse races for Friday, and golfers at the PGA tour's annual stop at Riviera Country Club were unlikely to get more than a few holes in amid the storm.

In the Sierra, a winter weather advisory is posted in the mountains until about 4 p.m., where snow levels will drop to 6,000 feet.

A hodgepodge of flash flood watches, high wind watches, surf advisories and winter storm watches blanket almost all of SoCal.

A Red Cross shelter will be open to evacuated residents at Leisure Village, located at 1200 Leisure Village Drive, beginning at 8 a.m., the Ventura County emergency information website stated.

"There will be the threat of flash flooding with mud and debris flows in and around the recent burn areas, especially with Friday's storm", according to the NWS, which said widespread urban roadway flooding is also possible, along with flooding in creeks and small streams, and rock and mudslides, especially near canyon roadways.

Residents in Seal Beach built a huge sand berm and have a pump in place to deal with possible flooding at several beach front homes. The highest surf could be Saturday afternoon with some sets reaching 15 feet. A breezy southeast wind of 15 to 20 mph could jump up to 25 mph by the afternoon with gusts as high as 40 mph, the weather service reported. Some areas could see winds approach or exceed 100 miles per hour, particularly in the higher elevations of San Diego County.

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