Residents in parts of Southern California have been ordered to evacuate as the first of a parade of storm systems has started soaking areas scorched by last year’s Holy Fire.
Officials in Riverside County issued a “MUST GO” order effective 7 a.m. local time for neighborhoods in the burn areas of August’s Holy Fire, stating the risk of debris flows at a moment’s notice.
A mudslide closed a lane on the westbound side of the Pacific Coast Highway west of Malibu. The highway will be closed until the mudslide can be cleared; Caltrans asked all drivers to avoid the area, if possible.
“There is the potential of mudslides and debris flows at recent burn scars, particularly near the Holy Fire burn scar,” the National Weather Service wrote in its warning. “Debris flows can happen suddenly with little time to act. Heed the advice of local officials.“
The second, fast-moving storm in the series to hit California is expected to move into the area Tuesday into early Wednesday with a potential for rain and snow in the higher elevations.
The third system, expected to be the strongest and wettest of the three, will hit the area Wednesday and Thursday.
Debris flows and mudslides are likely in areas where heavy rain hits, considerably burn areas.
Get prepared for this triple storm attack!