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Authorities issue evacuation warnings for severe storms on the west coast.

The storm known as “Pineapple Express, originating from Hawaii in the tropical Pacific, has swept over the West Coast of the United States, causing torrential rains and strong winds, with a potential threat of flash floods and landslides.

Rain began on Thursday morning and has already caused flooding in some areas of Los Angeles, raising concerns about the possibility of further damage during the duration of this storm. The “Pineapple Express” brings forecasts of heavy rain for Thursday, February 1, and Friday, February 2, along with high-speed winds.

The system of heavy moisture continues to create a trail of humid and windy weather across the state, resulting in a significant accumulation of rain and snow in Northern California. While showers persist throughout the state, the storm’s intensity has shifted southward, with the heaviest precipitation anticipated around noon.

The Bay Area, Sacramento, and San Diego are under flood watch. In San Diego, authorities have issued evacuation warnings to residents in flood-prone areas within the Chollas Creek basin. These alerts, sent via text messages, target residents of Southcrest, Mountain View, Encanto, San Ysidro, Sorrento Valley, and Mission Valley, as reported by municipal authorities.

En la imagen se muestra una avenidad inundada

The weather service has warned of a strong swell with waves up to 3.5 meters on the beaches of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties. It is also reported that winds could reach up to 40 mph in much of Southern California and up to 65 mph in the mountains, potentially causing delays at Los Angeles International Airport, fallen trees, and power outages.

Areas south and east of Los Angeles, as well as parts of San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego counties, will remain under flood watch until late Thursday, with possible road ponding and the risk of flooding in low-lying areas and watercourses.

The second storm in the series is expected to reach California over the weekend and has the potential to be considerably more intense, strengthening as it approaches the state’s coast.

Staying safe during the storm

The American Red Cross suggests following the following guidelines to ensure safety during severe storm warnings.

  • Avoid leaving home if not necessary; the safest place during a storm is indoors.
  • Refrain from driving on the roads. If you must go out during a storm, choose routes less prone to traffic congestion or flooding, and stay informed about warnings issued by local authorities. Drive at a moderate speed and ensure your vehicle is in optimal condition.
  • If you need to go outside, protect yourself from the weather. Dress appropriately with warm clothing, carry an umbrella and waterproof boots. Avoid walking on slippery sidewalks and change wet clothes to preserve your health.

California authorities urge residents to stay alert to future weather warnings. They state that flood-prone areas will be closely monitored as they prepare for the arrival of the second storm.

Send HELP to 98266 to receive alerts on your phone. It is reported that United Taxi Workers San Diego will provide assistance to residents under evacuation warnings. Call 619-280-4444 to request assistance.


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