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Old 01-21-2017, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SoCal about to get some seriously bad weather

Yes they've gotten a whole lot of rain recently; but they will want to be especially careful tonight:

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The National Weather Service is warning that the storm that will hit Southern California late Saturday could be the strongest since 2010, with Los Angeles County coastal and valley areas getting from 2 to 4 inches of rain and the foothills up to 6 inches.

The storm is also expected to hit the Sierra Nevada hard. The weather service warned of "crippling snow amounts on top of existing snow cover," warned residents to stock up on food, water and make sure firewood is available, and "essentially prepare for being stranded at home for multiple days." Power outages are likely and mature trees will probably fall. It's possible that residents could endure multiple-day power outages, failures of carports and decks, and avalanches.

The forecast is heightening concerns about mudslides and flooding across the state. Another powerful storm that hit California on Friday caused numerous road closures and mudsides in areas burned by recent fires, including a major incident in Goleta that destroyed cabins, cars and forced rescues.
The storm is expected to enter the region as early as late Saturday night, and peak on Sunday, with thunderstorms possible and continuing into Monday.

The storm is expected to be unusually intense, driven by the jet stream.
Officials warned of dangerous driving conditions in the mountains, possibly affecting the Grapevine grade of the 5 Freeway in Kern County on Sunday night into Monday.

Rainfall could fall at rates of between 1 to 1.5 inches per hour, and forecasters expect to issue a flash flood watch.
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Old 01-22-2017, 01:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Had flash flood warnings yesterday. Streets were a -mess- today, with leaves/branches/debris strewn about. My large outdoor plant got knocked over twice and the patio furniture on my back patio strewn about like I'd never seen before. (My back patio is rather sheltered and faces the inside of the complex, not the open street.)

It's very quiet out there right now though. I should be fine, I'm along the crest of a hill, not downstream from any watershed, nor close enough to any possible erosion spots.

We're unused to "weather" down here. Thunderstorms are like an every other year thing, and usually barely count as such. I used to live in a place with a season of thunderous daily monsoons ... didn't like it but it didn't bug me. Now? I just want to crawl into a fallout shelter until they're over. :/
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Whole lotta rain expected in the SB/Ventura County areas between now and the weekend. They're projecting as much as 10 inches. It's gonna be mudslide city down there.
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Yep, SoCal is now experiencing what NorCal has been dealing with for a couple of weeks.
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Ok, I've studied the disaster question for a previous work of mine. Here are few links:

landslides page at ready.gov

floods at ready.gov

disaster center - floods

California page at disastercenter.com

naturesfury.net, the flood page

You can also find useful informations at redcross.org and wikihow.com.
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I believe there are phone apps available that give you a map of activated Red Cross shelters. The app should be free, so it really wouldn't hurt to find it and download it now if you live in southern California, in case that information becomes useful.
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Yep, SoCal is now experiencing what NorCal has been dealing with for a couple of weeks.
Now if only some of that stuff would funnel its way through the middle of the state. The southern half of the San Joaquin Valley has been largely missing out on a lot of the action.

Though I guess I can't complain. We don't have floods or mudslides to deal with... yet.
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The worst drought conditions in California now are around Santa Barbara with Lake Cachuma at 15% of capacity.
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Wow, that's low. Lake Cachuma is Santa Barbara County's primary source of potable water. Hopefully this round of storms can fill the reservoir to a more healthy level, without causing any mudslides around the wildfire burn areas.
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Wow, that's low. Lake Cachuma is Santa Barbara County's primary source of potable water. Hopefully this round of storms can fill the reservoir to a more healthy level, without causing any mudslides around the wildfire burn areas.
Just seeing that name made me smile. I spent a whole lot of time fishing for bluegill (I think they call them bream in the South) in that lake, even caught a few. I'd stay with Grandpa for a week or so in summer and he was a fisherman. Showed me how to tie all the knots, bait the hook, wind and cast. A hell of a lot of grubs went to a watery grave at my hands; I've had to live with that burden on my soul.
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My brother lives walking distance to Balboa Park and I always worry about the hill behind his house, particularly since they lost all the vegetation growing on it because of the drought.

Stay safe SoCal. I'm going to call my brother and try to convince him to move to Florida again. Our luck is that as soon as I convince him to move here, we'll have a hurricane.
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My brother lives walking distance to Balboa Park and I always worry about the hill behind his house, particularly since they lost all the vegetation growing on it because of the drought.
I bet a lot of that vegetation is back now, considering the wetter winter we've had. ( I'm about a 15 minute walk from the park myself. . )
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