Evacuation Orders in Southern CA Ahead of Major Storm Feb 16, 2017

Residents in southern California are bracing for what is expected to be the strongest storm in years. A potent storm system has the potential to bring widespread street flooding and damaging winds to southern California. It’s a rare storm that is also forecast to bring record rain to southern California during what has been one of the wettest winters in years.

Flash flood watches are in effect through Saturday for the potential of 3-6″ of rain in the Los Angeles metro.

As a precaution, the city of Duarte, CA issued a “red alert” for the Fish Fire burn area. This means a mandatory evacuation is in place for roughly 180 homes in this area. Residents are told to be out by 7 a.m. Friday. There has been an evacuation center set up at the City Hall Community Center. Those under the evacuation order are urged to bring their medications. City officials say nobody is allowed back until after the evacuation order has been lifted.

Additional evacuations are possible due to mudslides and flooding for the nearby areas of Glendora and Azusa. Both of these communities are near the Colby Fire burn area. Sandbags have been distributed to residents in Azusa at the City Yard.

Heavy rain will begin to overspread southern California by Friday morning with the heaviest occurring during the afternoon. Rainfall rates of 1-2″ per hour may fall at times. Rain rates at this intensity may lead to roads becoming impassible. The greatest flood threat will be from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara County.

Rainfall totals of 2-6″ will be likely in the valleys and along the coastline with up to 10″ in the mountains by Saturday. This storm will have the potential to give Los Angeles one of the wettest days on record.

In addition to the heavy rain, powerful winds will accompany the storm. Winds may gust up to 70 mph for the higher terrain leading to power outages. High Wind Warnings are in effect for these areas.

The storm will wrap up Saturday morning and southern California will finally have the opportunity to dry out. Dry conditions will continue for southern California over the next week following the storm.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Tweets

Spring Break! Don't forget to send us your photos so we can share them with our viewers from around the country! https://t.co/uxiFdlMi7F

38 minutes ago by WeatherNation

Just look at this! The sunrise in Jamestown, RI on Friday morning was absolutely gorgeous. #RIwxhttps://t.co/MxGwrxATy0

1 hour ago by WeatherNation

Four Corners #Snow: The highest elevations of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico picked up 1 to 2 feet of sn… https://t.co/eUQPfYT5Vv

2 hours ago by WeatherNation

Large #hail was left behind as severe storms moved through parts of #Kansas early Friday afternoon. #KSwx https://t.co/SwLx9W315W

4 hours ago by WeatherNation

Severe thunderstorms move through the southern states Friday afternoon and evening. #TXwx https://t.co/nty0ESsJ0Y

5 hours ago by WeatherNation

Lots of wind and hail with this storm so far today. #Tornado Watch still in effect for east Texas and central Louis… https://t.co/MgR29F4U7r

6 hours ago by WeatherNation

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued until 3am CT for southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana. Large hail & strong win… https://t.co/ErcFBpSuzR

7 hours ago by WeatherNation

New #Tornado Watch issued for parts of Louisiana and Texas until 3am CT. Tornado Watch still in effect for Houston,… https://t.co/JqA9WHgeLf

7 hours ago by WeatherNation

We're covering severe storms including #tornado warnings in TX. Watch here: https://t.co/8Mspy1D5w9 #TXwx https://t.co/TwmOcbUtro

7 hours ago by WeatherNation

7:05 p.m. Central...*New* tornado watch issued for southeastern Texas until midnight local time for the potential o… https://t.co/hst7LXXzto

9 hours ago by WeatherNation

Wait - didn't spring start this week? Looking a little Christmas-like here in Colorado. #COwx https://t.co/9fyc9mcXeL

10 hours ago by WeatherNation

An enhanced risk for severe storms tonight in the Arklatex. Additional severe chances this weekend in the South -… https://t.co/G0tuhgaLVy

11 hours ago by WeatherNation

Chicago hit a new daily high temperature record today, surpassing 80 degrees! #ILwx https://t.co/VT6FRultVQ

12 hours ago by WeatherNation

Blizzard conditions in parts of New Mexico as strong winds & heavy snow continues. More snow is ahead for the West… https://t.co/BewK6HnJN8

13 hours ago by WeatherNation

Wind & hail damage have been the primary threats for the last 24 hours. Today, #tornadoes will also be possible in… https://t.co/cQvlenh1yD

14 hours ago by WeatherNation

Be alert for #severe weather today around the #Arklatex region. Hail, damaging winds, tornadoes all possible #TXwxhttps://t.co/kUxk8ozTJ2

16 hours ago by WeatherNation

Scientists are developing drought resistant crops capable of tolerating increasingly high temps & dry conditions.… https://t.co/gdSUpYOl9B

17 hours ago by WeatherNation
Follow Us