California Storm Forces Airport Closure

( – California has seen a huge rainstorm over the past couple of days and it has caused millions of Californians to be under a flood watch.

Around 37 million people in California are under a flood watch from Sacramento, in Northern California, to San Diego, in Southern California. The storms caused the Santa Barbara airport to shut down on Monday morning due to flooding after more than 2.5 inches of rain fell.

These severe storms are heading across the state of California and are causing tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, lightning, and of course, heavy rainfall that could lead to flooding. Over the weekend, San Francisco has seen between 2 to 4 inches of rainfall and now there is an even greater chance of more rainfall from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area. This heavy rainfall called for the Santa Barbara airport to close as it was flooded and could not board flights.

Many of the areas within California are under a flood watch and can also expect to see wind gusts from 40 to 60 mph. They have also issued a high surf alert as they can expect to see waves of 18 to 28 feet and possible coastal flooding.

In many areas, California cities are expected to see an average of 1 inch of rainfall per hour and if Los Angeles just gets 3 inches of rain, it will be the rainiest February in history.

This rain is not only bringing flooding to California, but in mountainous areas, they are expected to see heavy amounts of snowfall as the storm passes through there as well. The San Bernardino Mountains are expecting to get about 8 inches of snowfall during the beginning of the week from Monday through Wednesday. Wednesday is expected to be the last day that many Californians will be experiencing this high rainfall and snowfall in the area.

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