Gloomy California weather forecast says major cities could face ‘life-threatening flooding’

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Meteorologists on Saturday issued dire warnings about another atmospheric river system targeting California, saying even major cities could face dangerous flooding.

The National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office said flooding will extend to urban areas, with rain starting Saturday night into Tuesday. The threat of “life-threatening floods” extended to the entire region, Forecasters said.

Rainfall is expected to increase Sunday, especially in Southern California from Santa Barbara southward, which could lead to flash flooding, power outages and landslides. In the Los Angeles area, there could be 3-6 inches of rain along the coast and in the valleys, and between 6 and 12 inches in the foothills and mountains. NWS said.

Indeed, emergency management offices in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties They were issuing evacuation warnings and sandbags in preparation for flooding.

the nuclear weapons “And expect the latest.”Pineapple ExpressThe storm surge – an atmospheric river that reaches along the state’s central coast – will become the largest of the season. The state has already witnessed heavy rain and snowfall from another atmospheric river earlier this week.

“All Californians in the path of the storm — especially those living in Southern California — should prepare now and follow the guidance of local government officials and first responders,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement on Friday.

AccuWeather estimated Friday that 94% of California’s population, or about 37 million people, are at risk of life-threatening flooding. The greatest risk is to those living across the canyons and ridges of Southern California, according to Dan DeBaudouin, senior director of forecasting operations at AccuWeather.

California storms: Feet of rain in Southern California? The latest ‘Pineapple Express’ forecast is serious.

Caltrans workers remove debris from a canal to prevent hills from flooding during a rainstorm Thursday, February 1, 2024, in San Diego. Heavy rain and gusty winds began hitting the north Wednesday and moved south along the coast, disrupting Thursday morning commutes in Southern California.

In the densely populated San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Basin, the NWS said small streams and rivers would quickly rise into “extremely dangerous raging rivers.” Reducing flood risks.

Meanwhile, Santa Barbara’s evacuation warning covered a wide swath of the city. Other evacuation warnings included several burn areas, including Area A Mudflow 2018Heavy rains killed nearly two dozen people and injured hundreds. People with disabilities and large animals must leave now, Santa Barbara warning He said.

The state is also expected to occasionally witness strong and gusty winds that will likely damage property and trees, as well as power outages. The mountains are also expected to see heavy snowfall across the state at elevations as low as 2,500 feet in Northern Californiaand over 5,000 feet in Southern California. Several feet of snow will likely accumulate across several mountain ranges, making travel in these areas extremely difficult.

Vehicles are scattered through light flooding in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 at California Boulevard in Ventura as southbound traffic merges into one lane after rain falls across Ventura County early Thursday, February 1, 2024.

Vehicles are scattered through light flooding in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 at California Boulevard in Ventura as southbound traffic merges into one lane after rain falls across Ventura County early Thursday, February 1, 2024.

Gov. Newsom announced The state has more than 8,000 personnel mobilized For storms. So far, that includes state firefighters, water and urban search and rescue operations in 19 counties, along with the National Guard, transportation personnel, highway patrol and the state Conservation Corps.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: California Atmospheric River Forecast: NWS warns Los Angeles of flooding

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