The usually sunny coasts of California have become the theatre of heavy rainfall in the past two days, which raised the risks of mudslides and flash flooding. And the NWS warned Saturday could bring even heavier rain and winds onto the area between Redding and Los Angeles. Its Los Angeles department wrote on Twitter they were expecting “up to 24 inches of rain across higher elevations”, 1.5 to 3.0 inches across the coast and valleys and 4 to 7 inches on mountains and foothill.
The NWS added: “Given 1 to 3 inches of rain across these locations roughly 48 hours ago, along with the presence of a few recent burn scars, flash flooding, mudslides and debris flows appear likely.
“This is a very dangerous situation for the terrain of southern California sensitive to heavy rain impacts and very ominous output from the hi-res models showing 6 to 12 hour rainfall of 3 to 6 inches through the remainder of the morning for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, with slightly lower totals further east into Los Angeles and southwestern San Bernardino counties.”
The central coast is also “likely” to suffer damages caused by strong winds.
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Two foot of rain are set to fall across higher elevations in California (Image: GETTY/NWS)
The NWS continued: “WIND DAMAGE LIKELY on the central coast!
“Latest reports of south wind gusts to 83