Southern California is preparing for a powerful storm that is expected to bring heavy rain and potential flooding, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The storm is anticipated to hit the region between Sunday night and Monday morning, with rainfall exceeding 6 inches in areas like Los Angeles.
Residents in Southern California have been urged to take precautions as the storm is likely to cause flooding and mudslides in inland cities due to the heavy rainfall. A flood watch has been issued for counties including Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Coastal cities are expected to experience stronger flooding due to the combination of heavy rain and strong waves.
In Los Angeles County, cities such as Westlake, Northridge, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, Pomona, Pasadena, and Pyramid Lake are at risk of experiencing “damaging and life-threatening” flooding. In Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara, Big Pine Mountain, Santa Ynez, and Lompoc are among the cities at risk. In San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Cambria are expected to be affected.
The storm system will also bring strong winds with gusts of 40 to 60 miles per hour, and up to 75 miles per hour in the mountain region. These winds are likely to cause downed trees, power outages, and maritime hazards in certain areas.
The NWS has issued a series of recommendations for residents to protect themselves from the storm, including avoiding travel on flooded roads, placing sandbags in areas at risk of flooding, and moving parked cars from flood-prone areas.
The storm is expected to impact transportation, with potential delays at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) due to the strong winds. The storm is part of a larger weather system that has already caused flooding in Southern California, with some areas experiencing lane closures and traffic disruptions.
In preparation for the storm, workers have been mobilized to clean canals and make adjustments to prevent further damage. Residents who were affected by previous flooding are taking precautions to minimize the impact of the upcoming storm.
Despite the challenges posed by the storm, residents are urged to remain cautious and follow safety guidelines to protect themselves and their property. The NWS will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as the storm approaches.
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