Shipping Troubles. So, there’s this situation in Southern California that’s really causing a ruckus right before the holiday weekend. This thing called an atmospheric river is basically just dumping a crazy amount of rain, and it’s causing some major problems on the roads and stuff.
This wild atmospheric river brought over 4 inches of rain from Tuesday to Thursday, and it’s not stopping yet. The heaviest rain is happening Thursday night, with more than 2 inches per hour! That kind of downpour can lead to flash floods, and that’s not good news.
Evacuations and Chaos
Some areas in Ventura County are on alert and might need to evacuate until Friday noon because of the heavy rain. One of the big cities there, Oxnard, got hit hard with over 2.5 inches of rain in just a few hours. That’s like a once-in-500-years kind of rain event for them!
Flooded Homes and Emergency Calls
Around 60 homes in Ventura County are dealing with floods, and the fire department has been super busy. They got a crazy 275 calls in just five hours—way more than what they usually get. Imagine having 90 calls waiting at one point—what a night!
Underwater Roads and Rescue Missions
The roads are a mess too. Flooded streets trapped some cars, and rescue teams had to help out with 12 swift water rescues. Santa Barbara isn’t doing too well either. Some parts of Highway 101 had to shut down because of all the water causing trouble.
More Rain Coming
Southern California is bracing for more rain. Another 2 to 5 inches is expected, and some areas might even get 5 to 10 more inches! Flood alerts are on high for parts of Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs.
Big Threats Ahead
The weather experts aren’t playing it cool either. They’re warning about possible life-threatening floods, mudslides, and even creek flooding. It’s a big mess with flooded roads and mudslides expected all through Thursday.
Stormy Trouble in Other Places
While the West Coast is soaked, the Northeast is dealing with its own set of problems. Maine has over 130,000 people without power since Monday, and it’s getting pretty cold. Freezing temperatures are making things even harder for those without power.
Maine’s Power Woes
Fixing the power troubles in Maine isn’t easy with strong winds slowing things down. Fallen trees and power lines are still causing road closures, making life pretty tough for many.
So, yeah, it’s a tough situation on both coasts with flooding, power outages, and all sorts of extreme weather causing trouble for folks.