Coastal Flooding and High Tides South OC Beaches Tuesday January 5 2016

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Flash Flood Watch and High Tides for South OC Beaches Tuesday January 5 2016.

The National Weather Service is issuing a Flash Flood Watch and a High Surf Advisory for Southern California Coastal areas Tuesday Janaury 5 2015 at 10:00am.

A series of Pacific storms will bring periods of rain heavy at times to much of southern California for late this morning through Wednesday night.

Additional light to locally moderate rainfall will continue for Thursday into Friday into South OC Beach areas of Laguna Beach,Dana Point and San Clemente.

Flash Flood Watch from 10:00am Tuesday January 5 2016 thru late Wednesday January 6 2016.

High Surf Advisory From Tuesday January 5 2016 thru 10:00pm Friday January 8 2016.

Tuesday January 5 2016: Surf up to 8 Feet.

Wednesday January 6 2016: Surf up to 10 Feet.

Thursday January 7 2016: Surf up to 15 Feet.

Highest Sets will occur North of Newport Beach and South of Carlsbad.

Surf will diminish Friday January 8 2016.

High Surf impacts beach erosion, creates very strong rip currents, creates minor coastal flooding during high tide and may damage coastal structures.

Periods of heavy rain will bring a threat of flash flooding.

Mud slides, and debris flows to recently burned areas, as well as steep and or unstable terrain below the snow level. Urban flooding, and minor flooding of small streams and low water crossings will also be possible.
Any flash flooding and debris flows that occur may result in damage to roads, vehicles, and structures, especially below recently burned areas.

Recommended actions
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
Flash Flooding is a very dangerous situation.
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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Emergency Preparedness

Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.

Consider installing “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.

If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

Flood Safety Tips

Be aware that flash flooding can occur.

If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.

Do not wait for instructions to move.

Flood Evacuation Tips

Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.

Disconnect electrical appliances.

Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

Secure your home.

If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture.

Move essential items to an upper floor.

Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly.

Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

Do not walk through moving water.

Six inches of moving water can make you fall.

If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving.

Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Do not drive into flooded areas.

If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.

Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

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