Mistaken flash-flood warning sent in L.A. hours before polls close as storm batters Southern California
A warning over rising floodwaters was issued at 8 p.m. (ET) as a flood watch remained in effect in San Diego County and along the Colorado River near Los Angeles.
A flood warning was issued at 8:45 p.m. as rising waters and higher seas were expected to reach areas north and into Southern California, including Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The warning remained in effect until 9:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service said that a flood watch has been issued for the following areas in Los Angeles County:
Santa Barbara County
In Santa Barbara County, the highest elevation is Mount Baldy at 11,928 feet. Water from the Santa Barbara River is the highest in the county at 17.4 feet. Santa Barbara County is known to have higher concentrations of bacteria, but officials said the conditions did not appear hazardous.
In Ventura County, the highest elevation is El Capitan at 12,852 feet. The county’s higher elevation could have to deal with higher storm tides, which have a higher impact on local residents.
Flooding is possible along rivers in Los Angeles County as a result of higher-than-normal tides that could be caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon and high rainfall.
In Ventura County, the highest elevation is Cliff House at 1,600 feet. The elevation of California State Park at Big Bear Lake is 1,721 feet.
The flooding also had a large impact on the Santa Monica Mountains.
The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a mix of rainfall and strong winds, with up to an inch possible on Mount Baldy and high winds. The high winds are expected to be near to gusts of 60 mph.
An advisory has been issued for Ventura and Los Angeles counties and Southern California.
The National Weather Service says residents in Ventura County should be warned of flooding and to call the Ventura County Public Safety Center at (818) 893-6601.
At 8:40 p.m., the National Weather Service says that a flood watch is issued to the following areas in Los Angeles County:
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