California atmospheric river-fueled storm brings rain and flooding to Los Angeles, San Diego and throughout state


A pedestrian walks through floodwaters during a rainstorm in Santa Barbara, California on February 4.
A pedestrian walks through floodwaters during a rainstorm in Santa Barbara, California on February 4. Ethan Swope/AP

Flash flood warnings remain in place for the Californian counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara until midnight local time (3 a.m. ET).

A flash flood warning from the National Weather Service (NWS) said that an “extremely dangerous flood situation is unfolding for the mountains and foothills of central Ventura County.”

“At 836 PM PST, local law enforcement reported numerous flooded roads, vehicles submerged, rock and mud slides, and quickly rising levels of area rivers. Between 3 and 7 inches of rain have fallen,” the NWS Los Angeles warned.
“Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 4 inches are possible in the warned area overnight tonight, focusing eastward into Ventura County. Flash flooding is already occurring.”

There is a risk of life-threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses. Debris flows are also expected consisting of rock and mudslides, the advisory said.

The advisory came hours after a flash flood warning was issued for eastern Los Angeles County, including downtown Los Angeles and the arena where the Grammy Awards are being held.

Some locations that NWS said could experience flash flooding include: Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai, Montecito, Chatsworth, Santa Ynez, Moorpark, Santa Paula, Port Hueneme, Carpinteria, Solvang, La Conchita, Rose Valley, Rincon Point and Ventura Harbor.



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