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After atmospheric river storms battered parts of California, causing massive flooding and prompting widespread evacuation orders from the Central Coast to the southern Sierra, forecasters warned Saturday “we’re not yet through this.” are not.”
Flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of Santa Cruz, Monterey, Tulare and Sonoma counties, according to the National Weather Service. Major flooding was reported in the Springville area of Tulare County – where officials conducted dozens of water rescues Friday morning – and in Kernville, where the Kern River roars Some houses and mobile homes surroundedInspiration abandonment,
Gerald Meadows, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said the main concern is the threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The greatest risk, he said, is from the southern edge of Tulare County and the northern edge of Kern County, which is north of the San Joaquin Valley.
“We could see winds in excess of 45 mph with the potential for any gusts or rain,” Meadows said. “It will exacerbate any flooding issues we’re already seeing.”
A tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain is expected in the valley, with a quarter inch to a half inch of precipitation in the Sierra foothills and higher reaches, according to Meadows.
In Monterey County, a levee along the Pajaro River — three miles from downtown Pajaro — breached late Friday, according to Nicolas Pasculi, a county spokesman.
He said the patrol saw “bubbling in a nearby field” at 11 p.m. “That was the first sign there was a problem,” he said.
Thirty minutes later, the embankment failed. “It was initially a small section, but as of this morning the failure is about 100 feet wide,” he said.
He said the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Watsonville Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, sent out a second round of evacuation notices Friday night around 11:30 p.m.
Although they had done so earlier in the day – at 3 p.m. – many residents stayed put. “So we went back and made sure we stayed there until we were able to get people safely out and into shelters,” he said.
More rain is on the way, forecasters warn.
Although a significant amount of precipitation fell in the last 36 hours, Meadows said Saturday morning, “We have another event coming early next week that is going to bring significant amounts of precipitation.”
While it won’t be as much as what went through Friday, he said, “with slightly higher snow levels or the extent of snow melt we could see just as much, if not more, flood impacts.”
“One of the big messages we want to get out to people in the San Joaquin Valley in particular, as well as in the Sierra foothills, is that although it’s clearing up and it’s not raining very hard right now, we’re not through it yet.” There aren’t,” Meadows said. “The impacts are going to be magnified and the typhoon could turn around very quickly.”