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Flash Flooding and Mudslide Concerns in California

17 Feb 2017, 4:35 pm

Heavy rain has been moving into much of California today, hitting the southern part of the state especially hard. Flooding and mudslides are a significant threat and have already been reported. Thousands are without power. Portions of the 101 Freeway have been closed in Ventura County due to mud and heavy rain.

The storm is likely to be the biggest to hit Southern California in at least 6 years, maybe longer. Rainfall totals are already over 3″ in some areas with most of the water falling since midday.

Another 3″ to 6″ of rain may fall through this weekend, with higher amounts possible in the mountains. Flash Flood Watches have been extended over most of Central and Southern California.

Along with the risk of flooding and mudslides is the threat for widespread power outages. 50 to 60 mph winds may knock down trees and power poles. Travel delays are likely, both on the ground and in the air. Avoid driving on mountain roads with️ mudslides, falling rocks & boulders a concern.

Creeks and rivers are starting to run high as the flooding threat increases from the heavy rainfall. Storm sewers are unable to keep up with the rushing water. Flooded roadways have been reported from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. Flooding has also been reported in interior areas from the San Fernando Valley to San Jose.

Montecito

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQn-Okfl-jc/

Mission Creek, Santa Barbara

When the levee breaks…save to say we may be out of a drought #santabarbara #flood #missiondam #missioncreek

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Sherman Oaks

#storm #flood #floodwatch #winter2017 #venturablvd #shermanoaks #thevalley

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San Fernando Valley

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San Jose

Water water water water water and a beagle #sj #flood

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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