Storm Warning for California
A powerful atmospheric river event is headed toward Southern California, bringing heavy rain and strong winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. These events, which transport water vapor from the tropics to higher latitudes, can bring much-needed rain and snow to drought-stricken areas, but also pose risks of flash flooding, mudslides, and debris flows.
CNN reports that parts of northern and central California could receive up to 8 inches of rainfall, while Southern California could see 2 to 4 inches in Los Angeles and up to 6 inches in the mountains. Flash flood watches have been issued for several counties, including Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey, with some areas more vulnerable to erosion and landslides due to recent wildfires.
Gusty winds are also expected, with potential speeds of 60 mph along the coast and up to 80 mph in the mountains. These winds could cause power outages, downed trees, and structural damage. Additionally, high surf advisories are in effect for most of the coast, with expected waves up to 15 feet.
Residents are advised to stay informed of weather updates and alerts, avoid flooded roads and bridges, prepare emergency kits, secure outdoor furniture and objects, evacuate if ordered by officials or if feeling unsafe, and stay away from beaches, rivers, streams and storm drains during and after the storm.
This atmospheric river event is forecasted to diminish by Thursday morning as it moves eastward into Nevada and Arizona. However, more storms are possible later this week as another active weather pattern over the West Coast sets up.