Motorists left stranded on snow-clogged I-5 in Southern California as storm wreaks havoc, triggers mudslides
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
January 16, 2019, 6:50:49 AM EST
Emergency officials called for evacuations near several burn scar areas in Southern California as a powerful storm wreaked havoc with travel on Monday.
As heavy rain fell in the area, officials in Santa Barbara County called for evacuation orders for residents living near the Sherpa, Whittier and Thomas Fire burn areas due to the risk of debris flows. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for a dozen areas near the burn scar areas of the Holy Fire in Riverside County early Monday, but they were later changed to a voluntary order, according to the Associated Press.
(KGET-TV via AP)
(CalTrans via AP)
(CalTrans via AP)
The evacuation orders came about a week after the one year anniversary of deadly mudslides that ravaged the community of Montecito.
Snow that fell along Interstate 5 shut down travel through the Grapevine for several hours while mudflows caused closures along parts of the Pacific Coast Highway.
Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) is closed in both direction from Trancas Canyon Rd./Borad Beach Rd. in #Malibu to Las Posas Rd. in Ventura due to significant mud flow and runoff in various areas that has covered lanes. Residents are allowed w/ID as long as it is safe. #LARain pic.twitter.com/FDhVYmLo32— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) January 14, 2019
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Los Angeles County officials urged residents to stay away from urban rivers and flood control channels, saying water levels can rise quickly and without warning.
Los Angeles received over 1.75 inches of rain spanning Monday to Tuesday, and San Diego picked up just over 0.55 of an inch of rain, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.
Flash flood watches were issued for recent burn areas including the Woolsey Fire, Hill Fire, Thomas Fire and Whittier Fire.
The storms forced the closure of schools in Malibu Tuesday.
The AP reported that a 20-foot-long, 20-foot-deep sinkhole opened on the I-805 off ramp near Serra Mesa in San Diego County.
The storm also brought strong winds that buffeted coastal areas. A 74-mph wind gust was reported at Point Conception Lighthouse along the Santa Barbara coast.
Monday's storm set up what will be a busy week of weather for the state, with several more storms expected to crash onshore this week. The largest of the systems is expected to last from Wednesday into Thursday, with the greatest impacts expected to occur in central and Northern California.
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