Southern California Faces Holiday Delays Amid Flood Risk

Southern California is grappling with relentless rainfall as an atmospheric river unleashes torrents of precipitation, flooding roads, and triggering evacuations just ahead of the anticipated holiday weekend.

Since late Tuesday, the region has experienced a deluge of over 4 inches of rain, which intensified further on Thursday with rates surpassing 2 inches per hour. 

The National Weather Service warns of continued heavy rainfall into Thursday night, escalating the risk of flash floods across affected areas.

In Ventura County, the downpour early Thursday led to evacuations as floodwaters inundated the region. 

Oxnard, the county’s largest city, experienced an extraordinary weather event, with over 2.5 inches of rain in a few hours, marking a 1-in-500-year rainfall event.

Ventura County Fire Department faced an unprecedented surge in emergency calls, tallying 275 within five hours, well above their average. 

The Ventura County Fire Department conducted a total of 12 swift water rescues as flooded roads trapped vehicles and affected around 60 homes.

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Heavy Rain and Flood Warnings in California and Maine

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Southern California is grappling with relentless rainfall as an atmospheric river unleashes torrents of precipitation, flooding roads, and triggering evacuations just ahead of the anticipated holiday weekend.

In Santa Barbara, heavy rainfall submerged multiple ramps leading to Highway 101, prompting closures due to flooding, reported the California Department of Transportation.

The forecast predicts continued rainfall across Southern California, with areas likely to receive 2 to 5 inches, while south-facing foothills and coastal slopes might experience an additional 5 to 10 inches.

Flood watches are in place across several regions, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs. 

Authorities are on high alert for potential life-threatening flooding, debris flows near burn scars, and extensive roadway inundation through Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Northeast battles its own weather woes, with Maine enduring power outages affecting over 130,000 customers since Monday. 

The state grapples with freezing temperatures, complicating power restoration efforts amidst downed trees and closed roads.

As Southern California copes with the ongoing deluge, authorities are urging residents to remain cautious and prepared for potential severe weather consequences, including road closures, flash floods, and landslides. 

The extreme weather events on both coasts serve as a stark reminder of the volatile nature of weather systems, impacting communities in unexpected ways.

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