The Latest: Evacuations ordered in wildfire-scarred area

Published 01-31-2019

0 Ratings

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on California storms (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

Neighborhoods near an area stripped bare by a Southern California wildfire have been ordered evacuated as a storm approaches.

Riverside County authorities early Thursday elevated a voluntary evacuation warning to mandatory for a dozen risk zones adjacent to the burn scar left by the Holy Fire last summer.

The fire ravaged more than 36 square miles (93 square kilometers) of the Cleveland National Forest in Riverside and Orange counties.

Thursday's storm is expected to be followed by a brief break before an even stronger storm arrives late Friday.

___

7:00 a.m.

The first of two new storms is impacting California, and forecasters say unsettled wet weather will likely continue into next week.

Rain has been falling early Thursday from southern Sonoma County southward down the Central Coast.

The National Weather Service says Big Sur has already received three-quarters of an inch (19 millimeters) of rain.

The cold front has spawned a fe

___

7:00 a.m.

The first of two new storms is impacting California, and forecasters say unsettled wet weather will likely continue into next week.

Rain has been falling early Thursday from southern Sonoma County southward down the Central Coast.

The National Weather Service says Big Sur has already received three-quarters of an inch (19 millimeters) of rain.

The cold front has spawned a few thunderstorms on the Central Coast and is expected to move down into Los Angeles County by midday.

The current storm will be followed by a break and then a much stronger storm late Friday into Saturday.

Santa Barbara County authorities say they may issue evacuation war

The first of two new storms is impacting California, and forecasters say unsettled wet weather will likely continue into next week.

Rain has been falling early Thursday from southern Sonoma County southward down the Central Coast.

The National Weather Service says Big Sur has already received three-quarters of an inch (19 millimeters) of rain.

The cold front has spawned a few thunderstorms on the Central Coast and is expected to move down into Los Angeles County by midday.

The current storm will be followed by a break and then a much stronger storm late Friday into Saturday.

Santa Barbara County authorities say they may issue evacuation warnings or orders for Friday's storm.

Riverside County has already called for a voluntary evacuation of certain areas near a burn scar in the Santa Ana Mountains.

___

12:00 a.m.

Officials will trek into the mountains once again to measure California's snowpack, in the hopes that recent storms have added to the state's water supply.

The California Department of Water Resources will perform the second survey of the season Thursday in the Sierra Nevada.

Winter snow provides drinking water for much of the state as it melts in the spring and summer and flows into reservoirs.

The Sierra snowpack was 67 percent of normal in this winter's first manual measurement earlier this month.

Precipitation has been up and down as California recovers from a drought that led to tight water restrictions for residents and farmers and contributed to severe wildfires.

A three-year drought emergency ended in 2017, but officials said water conservation efforts must continue.

No comments found. Sign up or Login to rate and review content.