EVACUATION WARNING AHEAD OF STORM:
Residents of the Bond fire burn area were told to prepare for potential evacuation as the storm arrives late Thursday, and continues through the weekend.
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READ: Evacuation Warning, Flash Flood Watch In Orange County Burn Area
The Orange County Public Works department has been busy filling sandbags for the past week, in advance of the Christmas weekend storm.
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“We’re in a flash flood watch with heavy rain expected to hit the burn areas of Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Williams Canyon,” Public Works spokesman Shannon Widor says. All homeowners should prepare their property for storm season and flooding, Widor says.
FLOOD WATCH ACROSS ORANGE COUNTY
A Flood Watch is in effect from Thursday night until Friday morning for all Orange County Coastal Areas, Orange County Inland Areas, as well as the Bond Fire burn scars, according to the National Weather Service San Diego.
Erosion control measures, such as sandbags, should be put into place as soon as possible. (Read where to find sandbags near you, below).
“Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations,” meteorologists reported.
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Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. Debris flows are possible in and near the Bond Fire burn scar.
An atmospheric river will deliver heavy rainfall to Southern California with the heaviest rain occurring after midnight Thursday night through Friday morning, meteorologists report.
Total rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain are expected across the Orange County coast and valleys with 3 to 6 inches of rain in the mountains.
Rainfall rates of over a half-inch per hour are forecast, which may result in flash flooding in washes, low-lying roads and burn scar areas.