Flash Flood Warning and Flood Advisory from National Weather Service

UPDATE–Lebec, Frazier Park, Lake of the Woods, Cuddy Valley, Lockwood Valley, Pine Mountain Club, Piñon Pines (Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.)—A flash flood warning and flood advisory has been issued for the Mountain Communities region by The National Weather Service.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service San Joaquin Valley CA
151 PM PST FRI FEB 17 2017

The National Weather Service in Hanford CA has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
South central Kern County in central California…
* Until 445 PM PST
* At 144 PM PST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated
heavy rain falling across the warned area. Flash flooding is
expected to begin shortly if not already occurring. Local law
enforcement officials reported a rock slide along southbound
Interstate 5 just north of Fort Tejon.
* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Mount Pinos, Frazier Park, Pine Mountain Club, Grapevine, Lebec,
Lake Of The Woods, Interstate 5 over the Grapevine and Cuddy
Valley Road.

Excessive rainfall over the warned area will cause mud slides near
steep terrain. The mud slide can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and
other loose materials.

FLOOD ADVISORY
National Weather Service San Joaquin Valley CA
128 PM PST FRI FEB 17 2017

…THE FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 315 PM PST FOR
SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY…

At 121 PM PST, Doppler radar indicated moderate to locally heavy
rain continuing to develop that will cause minor flooding in the
advisory area. Some of the heaviest rain is occurring around
Interstate 5 over the Grapevine Pass and along Highway 58 from
Tehachapi to Mojave.

Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Tehachapi, Mount Pinos, Golden Hills, Stallion Springs, Frazier Park,
Mojave, Pine Mountain Club, Water Canyon, Grapevine, Lebec, Lake Of
The Woods, Jawbone Canyon and Interstate 5 over the Grapevine.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as
well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated, or ponding
of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.

Lebec, Frazier Park, Lake of the Woods, Cuddy Valley, Lockwood Valley, Pine Mountain Club, Piñon Pines (Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at 8:45 a.m.)—The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning and a high wind advisory for the Mountain Communities region. Here are the bulletins:

Forecast for Friday, Feb. 17 for Frazier Park, CA
Heavy rain and very windy
High: 47°F
Low: 31°F
Chance of Precipitation 100%
Humidity 69%
AM South wind 30 to 40 MPH, with gusts as high as 65 MPH.
New precipitation amounts between 2 and 3 inches possible.
PM South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Hanford CA
531 AM PST Fri Feb 17 2017

…HEAVY RAIN TODAY…

A strong and moist Pacific storm will bring widespread rain to
much of the area today. Periods of moderate to heavy rain will
lead to the possibility of flash flooding along the lower Sierra
Nevada and Kern County mountains and desert.

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* A portion of central California, including the following
areas, Indian Wells Valley, Kern County Mountains, Mariposa,
Madera, and Fresno County Foothills, Sierra Nevada from
Yosemite to Kings Canyon, Southeastern Kern County Desert,
Tulare County Foothills, and Tulare County Mountains.
* Through late tonight
* One to three inches of rainfall is expected over the Sierra
below 7000 feet into the Sierra foothills and in the the Kern
County Mountains we could see 2 to 5 inches.
* The combination of already wet soils and moderate to heavy
rain could lead to excessive runoff. Flooding of small streams
and low water crossings will be possible.

HIGH WIND WARNING

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Hanford CA
639 AM PST Fri Feb 17 2017

…HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM PST THIS EVENING…

* WINDS…Southeast 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 75 mph.
Occasional gusts over 90 mph will be possible…especially near
the Grapevine.
* TIMING…through this evening. The strongest winds will occur
this morning into the early afternoon hours. The strongest
damaging winds are expected mainly along and West of the
Grapevine pass and over the ridges of the Tehachapi Mountains
towards the Mount Pinos area.
* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be dangerous…
especially for high profile vehicles.

This is part of the February 17, 2017 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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