LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A storm bloated by tropical moisture“Shallow mud and debris flows will be likely, especially in the first-year burn areas, with the slight chance of locally damaging debris flows,” warned an NWS statement. “In addition, roadway flooding is likely, especially in low-lying areas, along with rock and mudslides on canyon roads and below steep terrain. Flash flooding and debris flows will be a particular threat in and below the recently burned areas.”
NWS forecasters said peak rainfall rates until the watch expires could range between three-quarters of an inch and an inch per hour. Any isolated thunderstorms could produce hourly rates of an inch-and-a-half of rain per hour, along with heavy 15-minute and 30-minute bursts of rainfall, they said.
Across Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the heaviest rainfall this morning could affect the Thomas, Hill, Woolsey, Stone, South, Creek and La Tuna burn scars.
In Los Angeles County, the flash flood watch was in effect in Downtown L.A., metropolitan L.A., beach cities, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys.
“Southern California residents, in or below the recently burned areas, are urged to take the steps necessary to protect their property. Persons in the watch area should remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.”
Forecasters urged motorists to be especially cautious. “Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads,” urged the NWS statement. “Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.”
Also in effect this morning was a wind advisory scheduled to expire at noon in the San Gabriel Mountains, where south winds blew at between 20 and 30 miles per hour, with gusts of 50 and 60 mph, and the Antelope Valley, where the same conditions prevailed. “Gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high-profile vehicles,” warned the NWS. “When driving, use extra caution. Be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds.”
In coastal areas of Orange County, a beach hazard statement issued by the NWS forecast office in San Diego will be in force this morning because of the possibility of lightning at the beaches. “A beach hazards statement for beach lightning means that there is the potential for cloud-to-ground or cloud-to-water lightning strikes, which could result in injury or death,” a statement warned. “Move indoors until the storm passes and stay away from metal objects.” Temperatures, meanwhile, were running around 10 degrees below normal.
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