Live updates: Southern California residents on high alert as major storm slams coast

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
February 03, 2019, 12:57:13 AM EST

As of 8:25 p.m. PST Saturday, the reports below are no longer being updated. Click here for a recap of the storm.



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A Caltrans worker stands in the northbound US 101 in Montecito Saturday where the nearby Romero Creek has overflowed and flooded the Highway.

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In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire, heavy equipment works to clear U.S. 101 following heavy rains which produced runoff from Romero and San Ysidro Creeks in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara County, Calif.

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A California Highway Patrol Officer walks in the northbound US 101 in Montecito Saturday where the nearby San Ysidro Creek has overflowed and flooded the Highway.

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A large stone pine tree believed to be 100 years old came down into this Santa Barbara home during Saturday’s powerful winter storm. The resident was not injured. Firefighters have been responding to multiple trees that have come down throughout the county.

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Water races down the swollen Los Angeles River near downtown Los Angeles, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, as a powerful storm drenches California.

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San Pedro Creek flowing under Hollister Ave near Fairview Ave in Goleta during Saturday’s rain. Creeks have risen with this storm.

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Firefighters survey the scene of a large eucalyptus tree that fell into a two-story apt. complex on Bolton Walk in Goleta Saturday morning. Multiple trees have toppled and wires have come down throughout the county as a result of this latest storm.

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Firefighters survey the scene of a large eucalyptus tree that fell into a two-story apt. complex on Bolton Walk in Goleta Saturday morning. Multiple trees have toppled and wires have come down throughout the county as a result of this latest storm.

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Vehicles make their way through flooded streets of Panorama City section of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

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Very heavy flow over the Matilija Dam.

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An overturned vehicle is seen at a scene of a fatal accident, where a volunteer member of the Ventura County search and rescue team was killed, along Interstate Highway 5 south of Pyramid Lake, Calif. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

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Mudflow and flooding on Brakey Road on Poli Street in Ventura, California.

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Gusty winds blowing a palm tree in Bakersfield, California.

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In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire heavy equipment works to clear N. Jameson Lane, following heavy rains which produced runoff from Romero and San Ysidro Creeks in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara County, Calif.

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Emergency personnel huddle around the body of volunteer member of the Ventura County search and rescue team, killed in a traffic accident, along interstate highway 5 south of Pyramid Lake, Calif. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.


The most powerful Pacific storm of this winter season is slamming California with flooding rainfall, gusty winds and heavy mountain snow.

The worst conditions will be through Saturday around San Francisco and from Saturday to Saturday night in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego.

"A band of very heavy rain marching through Southern California can inundate areas with as much as 0.5- to 1-inch-per-hour rainfall rates," AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.


According to Eherts, this is heavy enough to result in widespread flooding, leading to road closures and mudslides, especially in burn scar areas.

Several evacuation warnings have been issued in Santa Barbara County and Ventura County.

"Gusty winds ahead of the rain have created low visibility conditions on area roadways due to blowing dust. Strong winds within the storms can topple trees and power lines, leading to power outages, property damage and blocked roads," Eherts said.

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Strong winds, which can bring down trees and cause power outages, will impact areas along the coast and at intermediate elevations in the mountains.

"Wind gusts will continue to reach as high as 60-70 mph through Saturday afternoon, while rainy conditions persist through the night," Eherts said.


3:38 p.m. PST Saturday:

There is a flood advisory in Los Angeles County until 4:30 p.m. PST due to roadway flooding as well as mudflow and rockslide issues in burn scar areas.


There is major debris flow in Trabuco Canyon downstream of the Holy Fire burn area.



2:00 p.m. PST Saturday:

Emergency personnel continue to clear off blocked roads as the storm starts to ease off. Several roads and highways are still closed due to the heavy rain.



1:30 p.m. PST Saturday:

A flash flood warning has been extended through 3 p.m. PST due to excessive water runoff and mud near Malibu and the Woolsey fire area.



12:05 p.m. PST Saturday:

Officials are urging people to stay off the roads due to the threat of flash flooding and mudslides. Several water rescues have already been necessary in areas of high water.


Area streams and rivers will continue to rise as heavy rain persists this afternoon. Nearby residents should keep a close eye on water levels and prepare for potential flooding.

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles warns that the Ventura River is expected to rise to 1.5 feet above flood stage this afternoon.



11:20 a.m. PST Saturday:

Road closures continue to spread across the state of California as heavy rain triggers flooding and mudslides.

The northbound lanes of the Pacific Coast Highway south of Tonga Street are closed due to a mudslide. Officials urge to stay off of roadways unless absolutely necessary.



10:30 a.m. PST Saturday:

A member of the Ventura County search-and-rescue team was killed and 10 other people were injured in a car crash on Saturday morning amid heavy rain near Pyramid Lake, CA.

Mudslides have occurred across Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Bernardino Counties, leading to widespread road closures. Flooding in the Los Angeles area has led to traffic disruptions as well.

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A stretch of Highway 101 has been closed in the Santa Barbara area due to high water over the road.

In Gaviota, California - about 30 miles west of Santa Barbara - there have been widespread reports of 2 to 4 inches of rain, with some stations reporting as much as 5.7 inches.

Meanwhile, strong winds have been gusting to 55-65 mph throughout the region. On Catalina Island, a 67-mph wind gust was recorded around 6:00 a.m. local time. Wind gusts have toppled trees and powerlines throughout California this morning, leading to nearly 33,000 power outages so far.



9:30 a.m. PST Saturday:

There are reports of trees down and power outages in parts of San Francisco, California.



8:20 a.m. PST Saturday:

Ventura County officials and the NWS Los Angeles are telling residents to stay away from the Matilija Dam area due to very heavy flow.

They warn that nearby rivers and creeks will have heavier than normal flows.



7:50 a.m. PST Saturday:

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer warns Sacramento, California, residents of an intense squall line tracking east through the Sacramento Valley toward the Sierra Nevada.

Blizzard conditions and thundersnow in the mountains during the passage of this line are likely.



6:30 a.m. PST Saturday:

San Francisco, California, law enforcement officials are reporting fallen trees around the Monterey Peninsula. A 45-mph wind gust was already recorded at the Monterey Airport.

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