More rain will hit Southern California today as the threat of flooding continues in some areas | CNN


Parts of Southern California will see continued rain Friday from an atmospheric river that threatens more flooding after it damaged some roads.

The storm system drenched parts of the Southern California coast with 1 to 5 inches of rain from early Wednesday into late Thursday, with some areas seeing more than 6 inches of rain. The deluge led to knee-deep flooding in some areas, road closures and an evacuation warning for communities in Ventura County just days before the holiday weekend.

And while Thursday brought the most severe atmospheric rivers, heavy rain on Friday was a threat for California and the South.

A slight risk for excessive rainfall Level 2 of 4 was in effect Friday for parts of Southern California, according to the Weather Prediction Center. As the atmospheric river continues to move east on Friday, parts of southern Arizona are also under the same rain threat level. Up to 2 inches of rain is possible.

Flood watches are in effect through Friday night for various areas of Southern California and through Friday night in southern Arizona, according to the National Weather Service.

Up to an additional inch of rain will fall in the Los Angeles area on Friday, but the greater threat of heavy rain will move from the coast and inland, east of the mountain regions. On Thursday, the region experienced periods of heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms.

In nearby Ventura County, the coastal city of Oxnards downtown area was flooded after a month’s worth of rain fell in an hour Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Los Angeles.

The weather service put into perspective the impact of the 3.18 inches of rain that fell in just one hour by noting, The average rainfall for the entire month of December was 2.56 inches.

The deluge affected at least 60 homes in Ventura County, with Oxnard and Port Hueneme bearing the brunt of the storm, according to a county fire department spokesman.

More than 3 inches of rain fell per hour at the height of the storm. Roads were flooded and cars were stuck on the road, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Andy VanSciver SAYS.

Flood waters in some areas of Ventura County reached 2 to 3 feet deep, VanSciver said. The fire department received 275 calls in five hours which is a staggering increase from the estimated 190 calls per day, VanSciver said.

Severe flooding led Ventura County officials to issue an evacuation warning for parts of the county, officials said Thursday.

In Santa Barbara, heavy rain covered some roads, causing ramps in areas of Highway 101 to close Thursday morning.

Meanwhile on the other side of the US, thousands on the East Coast are still feeling the effects of a deadly storm that brought heavy rain and damaging winds to parts of the Northeast earlier this week, flooding roads and leaving Thousands lost power due to cold temperatures. continues.

As of early Friday, more than 45,000 Maine homes and businesses were still without power, according to the tracking website High temperatures on Friday are expected to be in the 20s and low 30s.

At least eight storm-related deaths were reported in several states, with four of the deaths occurring in Maine, officials said. Two people who went missing in a Maine town in Mexico after their car was swept away by rising floodwaters on Monday have been confirmed dead, police said in a statement Thursday.

CNN Meteorologist Robert Shackelford, Mary Gilbert and Jillian Sykes contributed to this report.

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