Highway and road closures throughout the storm in the counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo

The atmospheric river storm hitting California’s Central Coast has led to significant disruptions, including highway and road closures in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

The storm, characterized by heavy rain and strong winds, has resulted in downed trees and power lines, causing road blockages and power outages across the region. Specifically, areas in San Luis Obispo County such as Arroyo Grande and Nipomo have seen closures due to downed eucalyptus trees and power lines, with residents in some areas being told to shelter in place​​.

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a State of Emergency for both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties in response to the storm’s impact. This declaration highlights the severity of the weather event and the need for heightened preparedness and response efforts from state and local agencies​​.

A flood advisory has also been issued for the counties, warning of minor roadway flooding and the potential for shallow rockslide and mudslide activity. Residents are urged to stay away from rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying flood-prone areas to ensure their safety​​.

Additionally, the incoming atmospheric river has prompted evacuation orders and school closures in Santa Barbara County, demonstrating the local authorities’ proactive measures to protect communities and minimize the storm’s impact​​.

Residents and travelers in the affected areas should stay informed about the latest weather updates and road conditions, adhere to local advisories, and exercise caution if travel is necessary.

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