Following weeks of excessive rainfall, Montecito, home of celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston, was forecast to get up to 20 centimeters of rain in a single day. Everyone in the neighbourhood is advised to leave right now, according to the town’s emergency officials.
“GET OUT NOW! The scenario is changing quickly. Please take note of any emergency announcements “According to AFP, a fire department website stated. Due to its proximity to the foot of a mountain range that was destroyed by fire five years ago, the town is thought to be susceptible to mudslides.
“Over the last 30 days, Montecito has received 12-20 inches of rain across the community, exceeding our yearly average of 17 inches,” Montecito Fire said on Twitter, adding, “This cumulative, saturating rain puts the community at greater risk of flooding and debris flow.”
As more rain is predicted, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a video of the aftermath of recent severe rain.
“This is crazy. This creek next to our house never ever flows. It’s probably about nine feet up, and it’s going to go another two feet,” she wrote.
Twelve people have already died as a result of the string of storms that have hit California. Due to recent near-record rainfall, flood warnings are in effect for a substantial portion of the state.
The weather service said that two of the more active and moisture-laden parade of cyclones that are going directly for California “are predicted to reach California in short succession throughout the next couple of days.”
More rain is predicted for the remainder of the week. The state that eventually received a presidential emergency declaration had previously declared a state of emergency.
In the midst of the persistent rain, more than 100,000 houses were without electricity.
“Additional flooding occurrences will result from the cumulative effect of additional severe rainfall storms. This includes the possibility of significant river flooding, rapid water rises, and mudslides. The weather agency cautioned that locations with susceptible topography and those close to recent burn scars would be particularly at risk for debris flows and quick runoff.