Extreme rainfall has caused saturation in northern and central California, prompting officials to evacuate parts of the state and close major roads due to flooding.
On Saturday afternoon, Santa Cruz County issued an evacuation order in the mountains as flood water levels rose. Zones FEL-E008 and CRZ-E081 are under evacuation orders, according to the county.
“As of 11:30 a.m., river levels continue to rise and rain is expected for a few more hours. Therefore, we are issuing an evacuation order to the people of Felton Grove and Paradise Park to evacuate.” the county told residents.
This morning, the California Highway Patrol tweeted that due to massive flooding, all southbound and northbound lanes will be closed indefinitely in South San Francisco, urging travelers to avoid the area and take the I-280 instead. Prompted to use it as root.
The National Weather Service has issued multiple flood and storm advisories for the region, including San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties.
Local flood advisories for San Francisco and San Mateo counties are in effect until noon, with “urban and creek flooding” expected in San Francisco, Daly City, San Mateo, Palo Alto, South San Francisco, East Palo Alto, Pacifica, and other nearby areas. .
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Across Central and Northern California, police are warning residents about road closures due to flooding and urging residents to stay indoors on New Year’s Eve.
At Pacifica, flooding has closed the northbound lane of Sharp Park Road on SR-35. A section of Highway 92 is flooded from Skyline Boulevard to Main Street in Half Moon His Bay, the California Fire Department reported Saturday morning.
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There are also reports of flooding along Interstate 101 from Interstate 380 E to Interstate 101 northbound and near San Francisco International Airport.
In the past 24 hours, San Francisco got 4.22 inches of rain, Mill Valley got 3.07 inches, and Oakland got almost 3 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
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The National Weather Service expects the worst storm to hit by Saturday. Storms bring the potential for gusty winds, cut power lines, fallen trees and landslides.