Since October 2015 we have been sounding the alarm in regards to El Nino and now it appears that it will finally materialize in the Southern California region with the arrival of a series of four different storm fronts expected to dump a great deal of rain.
The first of the four storms is expected to arrive by Sunday evening and the last to arrive by Thursday into Friday of this coming week. There is the potential to see up to 4 to 6 inches of rain in some areas leading to the possibility of of urban street flooding and the possibility of flash floods in other areas.
Our message from the beginning has been to prepare now for the El Nino rains. During the last half of 2015, we have released a series of preparedness guides for Southern Californians which has been well received by many concerned. These guides once published have gone viral with thousands of downloads on a daily basis signaling that Southern Californians are genuinely very concerned about the coming rains.
The storms are now arriving so now what? If you were one of the smart ones, you have most likely done what needs to be accomplished to prepare yourself and/or your family as well as your pets. If you are one of those who says that preparedness is foolish and a waste may find yourselves taking a big gamble depending on where you live. This would be especially true if living in the mountains, foothills or areas prone to flooding caused by extreme weather.
What have we learned from the little storms we have gotten up to this point? Our observation has been that the smaller storms have dumped an incredible amount of rain is such a very short amount of rain, have caused high surf and has caused very unstable air resulting in severe thunder showers just name a few things. Imagine this extreme weather for extended periods of time and the damage that could result. Just look to the last El Nino in 1997-1998.
The good news is that it is still not too late to prepare now for the El Nino rains. What can we expect? Power outages, downed power lines, urban street flooding and flash floods to name a few. We want to remind you that our Southern California El Nino Preparedness Guide can still be viewed and even downloaded by clicking here! Many of the items that you will need to prepare can be found at retail outlets such as Sport Chalet, Lowe’s or even at an Army/Navy Surplus store.
During the course of the next few days and weeks, we will be posting preparedness tips and resources to help you get through the next 3 to 4 months of this expected weather. There is no time to waste!
For more information or consulting, you can email or call our office.