“Expected Wind Speeds of Up to 45 MPH and Anticipated Rainfall”
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tropical storm watch for the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), covering areas such as Castaic Lake, Castaic, Newhall, and Valencia. Meteorologists at NWS’s Oxnard Station predict winds of up to 45 mph and significant rainfall, signaling characteristics of a tropical cyclone.
Ariel Cohen, Chief Meteorologist at NWS’s Oxnard station, urges vigilance due to possible landslides, debris flows, and falling trees during this weather event. Cohen advises residents to take necessary precautions well in advance.
NWS Issues Tropical Storm Watch for SCV Rain and wind are expected to arrive on Saturday, with peak conditions from Sunday evening through Monday, potentially extending to Tuesday. Winds could reach 45 mph, accompanied by steady rain at a rate of half to one inch per hour. Lightning and thunder are also in the forecast.
Cohen emphasizes that while Los Angeles is not within the current watch area, mountainous regions, waters, and Catalina Island are anticipated to experience the most significant weather impacts.
The tropical storm alert was declared on Friday morning, with no specified end date. A Flood Watch is set to commence Sunday afternoon, extending through Monday evening.
Given the SCV’s vulnerability to abrupt flooding, residents, particularly in elevated areas, should closely monitor local conditions and prepare for possible evacuations.
Rising waters can transform small streams, creeks, and canals into hazardous waterways, posing risks of rockslides, mudslides, and debris flows. Flood control systems may be compromised, resulting in potential road closures and hazardous road conditions.
Despite the incoming storm’s anticipated downgrade from hurricane status, the SCV remains at risk. Preparation is key. The NWS offers flood readiness guidelines:
- Create a personal flood file, including insurance policies and vital documents, and store it securely.
- Ensure sump pumps are operational and consider battery backups.
- Clean gutters and secure fuel containers.
- Elevate electrical components 12 inches above projected flood levels.
- Create an emergency plan for your family, including a survival kit and evacuation routes.
- Assign an out-of-state contact and safeguard pets.
As the SCV braces for this weather event, staying informed and ready is crucial for residents’ safety.”