While some parts of Southern California have seen the worst of it, the ongoing Atmospheric River event will continue to produce multiple rounds of heavy rainfall over other areas.
Dangerous flooding in urban areas, small streams, and rivers are still possible through the rest of the week as well as mudslides, strong winds and high surf; and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) wants to remind all residents and communities that it is essential to stay safe during increased rainfall.
Approximately one to three inches of rain is expected to fall through Tuesday from Los Angeles to San Diego and into the foothills, according to the National Weather Service. This is in addition to the five to 10+ inches of rain that already impacted Southern California over the past 48 hours.
Cal OES has prepositioned a significant amount of resources throughout the area to respond to disasters as needed. A winter storm warning is in effect through 6pm on Tuesday with a risk for significant flooding and highly impacted river bottom areas.
But the concern doesn’t stop when the rain does. Mudslides, debris flow, downed trees and land movement can happen in the days after the storm has stopped.
“Stay tuned to the weather as this rain moves out and other storms move in,” said Sherri Sarro, Cal OES Assistant Director of Response in the Southern Region. “Pay attention to your surroundings, stay off of roadways that are flooded and monitor the weather in your area.”
Storms can bring unpredictable and severe weather conditions, stay informed and follow the guidance of local authorities to navigate the challenges that may arise during this weather event. Staying informed can make a significant difference when it comes to dealing with storm related rains and potential flooding.