Intense storm hits Southern California with flooding threats

Five years after storm landslides hit Montecito, the entire town was ordered evacuated as a deadly winter storm hit the area.

Parts of Santa Barbara and the nearby Carpinteria and Summerland communities were also ordered to evacuate due to Monday’s deluge.

Severe weather hit San Luis Obispo County, flooding a 5-year-old boy and killing one while driving on a flooded road.

The situation has prompted authorities to plead for residents to stay home.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said, “Today is not the day to do something if you don’t have to.

The intensity and duration of the storm is shown in videos of the region, where normally tame riverbeds turned into raging torrents, roads blocked with water and debris, and in one case, kayaker Down a street soaked in windshield-height water.

In Montecito, storms recalled a devastating landslide in January 2018 that killed 23 people, destroyed 130 homes and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

On Monday afternoon, Ryan Ausanka-Crues walked about 100 feet from his home on East Valley Road to the bridge over Montecito Creek. The stream was full and roaring, and the sound of rocks rolling from the muddy water could be heard.

“I was there a few hours ago and took a video,” Ausanka-Crues said. “It’s wild.”

His house escaped damage in the 2018 landslide, but his neighbors did not. Still, Ausanka-Crues said he has no plans to leave just yet.

“I’m feeling pretty good this year, but you never know,” he said.

Michael Anderson, a climatologist with the California Department of Water Resources, said evacuations in Montecito are largely due to the rugged terrain and the type of hazards associated with wildfire burn scars.

“When such heavy rain waves come, the land becomes prone to landslides and debris flows,” he said. “And they wanted to evacuate people from the area to prevent a repeat of the incident after the Thomas fire.”

In addition to Montecito, the evacuation order applies to residents from Toro Canyon, Padaro Lane to Calle Real to Santa Claus Lane, Sycamore Canyon, and all campgrounds from Rincon Beach to Gaviota Beach.

Another evacuation order issued Serena Park area around 2:00 PM due to flooding. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo said it was evacuating agricultural facilities, including the Cal Poly Creamery, amid concerns that Sheppard Reservoir would need to relieve floodwaters. Campus cores are not affected by evacuation.

in the shelter It has been established Located at Santa Barbara City College’s Wake Campus at 300 N. Turnpike Road.

In Santa Barbara, confused tourists and business owners took pictures of flooded buildings. In the middle of Gutierrez Street, a BMW SUV stuck in his two feet of water.

In nearby Goleta, a storm forced 55-year-old Rudy Ramírez, his wife, and four sons to navigate a torrent in a truck. The family was returning to Santa Maria from vacation in Big His Bear when the 101 highway closed. All the hotels were booked so we had no choice but to spend the night in the truck.

“I’m not feeling well, but I have no other choice. I’m going on vacation to relax,” Ramirez said with a laugh.

More than 10 inches of rain in the Santa Barbara County mountains, according to the National Weather Service. That area and parts of Ventura County “will have periods of heavy rain and shootings will continue into the evening.”

The Weather Service reported flash flooding in parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Several vehicles were stranded on Highway 101 and Bus Street due to flash floods, according to the National Weather Service. Mud and debris were reported on State Route 192 and Willow Glen Road at the northern end of Santa Barbara and his 6900 block on Gobernador Canyon Road east of Carpinteria.

Much of southwestern California was under surveillance and warnings for flooding, high winds and high waves. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, many of the recommendations will continue until Tuesday.flash flood alarm organized Until 9 p.m. in northern Ventura County and northwestern Los Angeles County

In Ventura County, evacuation orders have been issued for the Ventura Beach RV Resort and the community of La Conchita, where 10 people died in a mudslide in January 2005. It is a homeless encampment and is at risk of flooding.

Ventura County Fire Chief Brian McGrath said 18 people were rescued from islands along the Ventura River and areas under bridges.

In San Luis Obispo County, rescuers were swept away by floodwaters Monday afternoon after conditions became unsafe for divers to continue their search, according to Tony Cipolla, spokesman for the county sheriff’s office. has called off the search for the boy.

Cipolla said firefighters responded to a call about a vehicle at the San Marcos Creek intersection near Welsona Road in the San Miguel suburb around 8 a.m. A mother and her 5-year-old child were trying to cross a flooded road. Both jumped out of the car after it began to wash away in the creek.

His mother was rescued by a nearby property owner, but the boy continued down the floodwaters, Cipollah said, adding that authorities are constantly reassessing the situation and will resume the search when it is safe to do so.

Cipolla warned residents to stay away from low-lying areas and to find alternative routes if roads were flooded.

Elsewhere in San Luis Obispo County, drivers died after entering the flooded portion of Avila Beach Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Coastal Division. was ordered.

The rain wreaked havoc on the roads. At 3:30 p.m., Highway 101 northbound was closed on Highway 33 through Santa Claus His Lane and closed again in Gaviota, Santa Barbara County. Route 154 is closed in both directions.Highway 1, San Luis Obispo County closed Both directions from Education Drive to Yerba Buena Street due to flooding.

The storm also forced to close Santa Barbara Airport Closures and Cancellations class Mondays and Tuesdays at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department said at a news conference Monday that various agencies have ramped up personnel and launched rescue patrols in anticipation of heavy rain Monday night. Hartwig reported that at least one person was rescued after power lines and trees collapsed in the Refugio Valley area.

San Luis Obispo County officials have received reports of fallen trees, rocks and landslides on several roads, the Department of Public Works said in a tweet Monday.

The storm is the latest in a series of atmospheric rivers to hit the Golden State. The most significant impact is in Northern California, where concerns about flooding and dangerous winds are growing. Late Sunday, President Biden approved a state emergency declaration.

“this [storm] “It’s going to be very strong, very energetic, with lots of rain and strong gusts,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

An atmospheric river, or warm plume of atmospheric moisture from the Pacific Ocean, is expected to bring two heavy rain waves to Southern California through Tuesday evening, weather experts say.National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center teeth, isolated strong to severe thunderstorm Monday through Tuesday.the center too warned of the possibility of a short-lived tornado.

Forecasters say another storm is possible this weekend.

The storm is expected to intensify before fading Tuesday night. Los Angeles County rainfall is expected to reach 2 to 4 inches along the coast and coastal valleys and 4 to 8 inches in foothills and mountains, especially on south-facing slopes.

Gusts can exceed 60 mph on the coast and 70 mph in the mountains. Snow may remain above 7,500 feet.

Ah strong wind warning Valid until 10:00 PM Monday in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and 7:00 PM Tuesday in the Mountains and Antelope Valley of Los Angeles County.Ah A wind advisory has been issued Parts of Southwestern California, including Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Monday noon to 10 p.m.

High wave advisory Beaches in Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties are in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday, with dangerous high tides and waves up to 12 feet in some areas.

Flooding is likely to occur in urban areas and streams, Sweet said.

Areas affected by previous wildfires pose a serious danger. Unincorporated LA County reported burn scars near the lake fire and at the north end of the Bobcat fire from 6 p.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday, along with possible mud and debris flows, county officials said. Due to this, an evacuation warning was issued.

The alert included some of the Lake Hughes and Kings Canyon communities. Near 20000 blocks on Pine Canyon Road. His 18000 block on Elstree Drive. 46000 blocks on Kings Canyon Road. 1800 blocks on Newvale Drive. 43000 block on Lake Hughes Road. Alerts for bobcat burn areas include the Juniper Hills and Barriermo regions along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains at the northern end.

LA County Public Works has issued a Phase 2 mudflow forecast for the fish fire area near Duarte from Monday evening through 8 p.m. Tuesday

Rain and high winds spread across Orange and southwestern San Bernardino counties on Monday, along with south to southeast gusts.Parts of Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties are under flood watch until Tuesday evening, with storm warnings in effect. came into effect The hours will extend from 4 p.m. Monday to 4 p.m. Tuesday in inland and coastal Orange County, according to San Diego’s National Weather Service.

Monday’s storm follows a string of last week’s weather systems in California that hit coastal areas, cutting power to more than 400,000 people on Sunday.

According to University of California, Los Angeles climate scientist Daniel Swain, this atmospheric river essentially “drafts along the Central Coast,” with the heaviest rainfall from Monterey County to Santa Barbara County, and the northeast and southwest. It is said that heavy rain is spreading in

“This is just halfway between an already very wet and active pattern, and in fact we expect it to be so for at least another week or so,” said Swain.

Times staff writers Rong-Gong Lin II, Richard Winton, Summer Lin, and Hayley Smith contributed to this report.

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