Mudslide threat prompts mandatory-evacuation order for 30000 in Southern California

Mudslide threat prompts mandatory-evacuation order for 30000 in Southern California

Due to the size and breadth of the evacuation area, not all residents will be contacted in person. "We are issuing this mandatory evacuation order because there is a risk to life and property". Large animals needing temporary sheltering can also be brought to the showgrounds, according to Sheriff Brown.

The latest storm was expected to begin in the far northern portion of the state Wednesday afternoon then ramp up on Thursday, when a blizzard warning goes into effect in much of the Sierra Nevada.

Geologists estimate that the scorched earth won't grow vegetation for three to five years, meaning every time a major storm moves into the area, residents may be asked or ordered to evacuate. Individuals near the charred areas of the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier fires were told to leave the area by 6 p.m., a news release said.

"Compared to the last event where we had very, very, very heavy rain in like a five-, 10-minute period, we're not really expecting the really heavy, quick intense rainfall, but I would say there's definitely a chance there'll be some issues in that Montecito area", said Curt Kaplan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

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While the incoming storm was not expected to be as powerful as the one that set off deadly mudslides, with officials citing a low to moderate risk of debris flow, the sheriff's department warned that it could still set off flash flooding and render some roads impassable. "Do not wait for deputies or someone else to come to your home or business".

Additional information is available on Twitter and Facebook @countyofsb. The Santa Barbara office of the California Highway Patrol said the 101 Freeway might be shut down at about 2 AM overnight if they deem it necessary.

"If you live below these burn areas throughout the south coast, you should start leaving now", he said. The direction and trajectory are "impossible to predict" on where it will hit exactly, said Brown. He explained this storm is right on the cusp of their protocol but after consultations and discussions, it was chose to issue the mandatory evacuation order.

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