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  • Wednesday, December 05, 2007

     

    National Weather Service issues local FLASH FLOOD WARNING

    The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD warning for the Orange County area begining Thursday evening. Last weekend the Orange COunty Canyon areas that were effected by the Santiago Canyon Fires were under both voluntary and mandatory evacuation.

    The following National Weather Service warning has been issued:

    FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING

    * A STRONG PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING RAIN...HEAVY AT TIMES..
    THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. THUNDERSTORMS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.
    THERE IS A THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING...MUDSLIDES AND DEBRIS
    FLOWS...ESPECIALLY IN AND BELOW BURNED AREAS. ALL RESIDENTS
    LIVING ON OR NEAR HILLSIDES OR MOUNTAIN SLOPES SHOULD BE
    PREPARED FOR POSSIBLE MUDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOWS. MUDSLIDES..
    DEBRIS FLOWS OR ROCK SLIDES MAY OCCUR AT ANY TIME...EVEN
    DURING PERIODS WITH LITTLE OR NO RAIN FALLING.

    A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
    TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

    YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
    SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.


    ...A STRONG STORM WILL MOVE THROUGH SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA FRIDAY WITH SHOWERS LINGERING THROUGH SUNDAY...

    A STRONG STORM APPROACHING FROM THE NORTHWEST COULD BRING SHOWERS AS EARLY AS THURSDAY EVENING...THEN PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED FRIDAY. THE RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SHOWERS WITH POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS SATURDAY...AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY IN THE COLD... MOIST... UNSTABLE AIR MASS. STRONG GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL ACCOMPANY THIS STORM ALL AREAS...ESPECIALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS ON FRIDAY. THERE COULD ALSO BE FUNNEL CLOUDS AND WATERSPOUTS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

    PRELIMINARY RAINFALL ESTIMATES THROUGH FRIDAY ARE FOR OVER AN INCH OF RAIN IN MANY AREAS WEST OF THE MOUNTAINS WITH TWO TO THREE INCHES ON THE SOUTHWEST FACING MOUNTAIN SLOPES. UP TO A THIRD OF AN INCH OF RAIN IS EXPECTED IN THE DESERTS. THE CHANGE TO SHOWERS WILL BRING MORE VARIABLE RAINFALL TOTALS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. LOCAL ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS OF A THIRD TO ONE INCH WILL BE POSSIBLE.




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    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

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