A strong storm is bearing down on Southern California. Mandatory evacuations are in effect in three Orange County canyons burned bare by wildfires earlier this year.
Orange County sheriff's deputies urged residents in Modjeska, Williams and Silverado canyons to leave throughout the day yesterday as the storm approached. Authorities have closed several roads and restricted access in and out of the canyons.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for
coastal and mountain areas in Orange County, San Diego County, San
Bernardino County, Riverside County and Santa Ana through this evening.
The forecast calls for winds gusting to about 30 to 45 miles per hour ahead of a storm front that could drop up to an inch of rain in urban areas and up to 3 inches in the mountains.
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