Major storms approaching

January 15, 2010

BY KAREN VELIE

County emergency officials are warning of  “a very serious, strong weather series of events next week.”

Based on data from the National Weather Service in Oxnard and PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey, they expect a series of storms to hit the Central Coast on Sunday night and Monday. A second, stronger, storm follows on Tuesday and Wednesday, with an even more potent storm arriving on Thursday, and into Friday.

Rain of five to 10 inches is expected, combined with heavy winds.

Ron Alsop, county Emergency Services Manager warns in an e-mail sent out to colleagues, “At times, there is the potential for rainfall amounts to exceed one inch per hour during the week. Combined with a lot of water and strong winds, we could see landslides, trees down, power lines down, urban and small stream flooding, and many other problems.”

The projected weather conditions are due in part to moderate El Nino conditions. According to Alsop, a series of back-to-back storms like this has not been seen on the Central Coast for many years.

Meanwhile, southern California is expected to get the brunt of next week’s rain. One forecast calls for “an entire season’s worth of rain” to fall throughout the area during the next 10 days.

Alsop advises all county residents to be prepared for next week by stockpiling needed emergency supplies, having back up batteries on hand,  making sure phones and radios are fully charged and clearing all drain pipes.  Be prepared for lengthy power outages.


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9 Comments

  1. Moderator says:

    Can’t
    stop
    the
    rain

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    • BeenThereDoneThat says:

      Pretty funny stuff!!! If anybody hasn’t watched this yet, give a look.

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  2. Cindy says:

    A “whole” week of rain and power outages, YUK YUK YUK.

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  3. Use_it_or_Lose_it says:

    I am agreeing with Roger twice in one evening.

    ?

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  4. rogerfreberg says:

    Well, what folks who grow things outta the ground really need is not big storms… they need intermittent rain followed by sunshine.

    Big storms can be dangerous to people and crops.

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    • BeenThereDoneThat says:

      And people that need water to SURVIVE need LOTS of it after a drought! Our resevoirs are running dry and what is the fastest way to fill them? A storm that saturates the ground and has a lot of run off.

      Storms can be dangerous? Thank you Dr. Obvious. Lighten up. And no I didn’t vote dislike on your post.

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      • Use_it_or_Lose_it says:

        We need both, my dear. A LOT of rain, and rain to come gently so as not to wash away our crops or damage existing orchards.

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  5. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    Not that I want any damage or injuries but I LOVE a good storm!! I love the rain! We also really need it.

    There is something about looking out the window and watching the rain fall on a late winter afternoon.

    (20) 24 Total Votes - 22 up - 2 down

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