Heavy Rain May Cause Flooding In Southern California Tonight

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Heavy rain is forecast to cause flooding in California tonight, according to the National Weather Service. "Rain and snow will expand into Southern California on Monday evening. The rain will be heavy. Therefore, the WPC has issued a Moderate Risk of excessive rainfall over parts of Central California through Tuesday morning. The heavy rain will create numerous areas of flash flooding. Furthermore, many streams may flood, potentially affecting larger rivers through Tuesday morning."

As you can see from the forecast below, heavy rain and flash flooding are possible in Southern California:

Strong winds are forecast for the Ventura County Coast, Ventura County Interior Valleys, Ventura County Coastal Valleys, Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, and the San Fernando Valley, per the National Weather Service. "Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Roadways may be affected by gusty crosswinds. This includes Highways 1 and 101 and State Routes 154 and 246. Tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result."

A flash flood watch has been issued for the coastal foothills of Santa Barbara County near the Alisal burn scar. "Heavy rainfall over the Alisal burn scar is expected up to and during the period of the watch. Residents near the Alisal burn scar should prepare for potential flooding impacts. Be sure to stay up to date with information from local authorities. Heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding of low-lying areas, urbanized street flooding, and debris flows in and near recent wildfire burn scars."

Don't drive through flooded areas as your car might stall or be swept away, per the CDC. Therefore, you should turn around and find an alternative route to reach your destination.

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