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'Deluge' in a drought: Millions of Californians warned of flash flooding risk on Sunday

Added 10-23-21 03:04:04pm EST - “Drought-stricken regions of Northern California could see "excessive rainfall" when an extreme weather system hits the West Coast this weekend.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “'Deluge' in a drought: Millions of Californians warned of flash flooding risk on Sunday”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Drought-stricken regions of Northern California could see "excessive rainfall" — as much as 8-10 inches of rain — when an extreme weather system hits the West Coast this weekend, the National Weather Center warns.

Millions of people in Northern California were at some risk for flash floods on Sunday due to the system, known as an "atmospheric river", the Weather Prediction Center said Saturday. Meanwhile, residents of a small swathe of coastal Santa Barbara County, California were told to evacuate Friday due to mudslide concerns.

The weather system is expected to begin hitting the coast on Saturday night. Some areas could experience a “bomb cyclone,” a weather phenomenon where air pressure rapidly drops as the storm explosively strengthens.

Experts say the rainfall, while welcome, brings dangers — especially in areas that have previously burned in wildfires.

The evacuation warning applies to a stretch of California's Gaviota coast about 30 miles West of Santa Barbara that burned in the Alisal Fire, which broke out on October 11 and destroyed 12 structures. The fire is now 97 percent contained, and is likely to be extinguished by the incoming rain, said Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

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