June 20, 2024 12:07 pm

SoCal Braces for Life-Threatening Storm Surge

As the California coast braced for an approaching storm on Sunday, a flood warning was issued for the Ventura River.

The National Weather Service (NWS) alerted residents to the escalating water levels, stating, “Flood Warning issued for Ventura River at Foster Park this evening through late Mon morning. Flood stage is at 17.6 feet, and is expected to crest at 18.1 feet this evening. Expect flooding at Terro Ranch area upstream of the Main St Bridge in Ventura,” as posted on X.

In addition, flash flood warnings were issued for various regions, including Santa Maria, Orcutt, Arroyo Grande, Glendale, Santa Clarita, and Inglewood, effective until 12:00 AM PST.

Residents in Santa Barbara received a flash flood warning message from the National Weather Service, underscoring the gravity of the situation. The message emphasized, “Emergency Alert National Weather Service: A FLASH FLOOD WARNING is in effect for this area until 12:00 AM PST. This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order.”

Warnings also extended to parts of Los Angeles County due to heavy rainfall and the potential risk of mud and debris flows in certain areas.

Meanwhile, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in eight counties, including Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Evacuation warnings and orders were issued for five counties, including Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Monterey.

The NWS’ Los Angeles office issued a stern caution early Sunday afternoon, describing the situation as a “DANGEROUS SYSTEM with major risks to life and property.” They emphasized the likelihood of substantial flooding and urged residents to heed evacuation orders, stay off the roads, especially the freeways, from this afternoon through at least Monday morning.