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  • Flash flood warning issued for Highway 33

  • Heavy rain falling near Lockwood Valley. Water and rocks reported on highway at Apache Canyon
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  •  The National Weather Service has issued a flash lood warning for Highway 33 in the Ventucopa area.
    A large thunderstorm has been dropping heavy rain in the Lockwood Valley area and at 1:42 p.m.the NWS said flooding is “imminent” for Highway 33 about 10 miles north of Reyes Peak.
    At 1:53 p.m. the California Highway Patrol reported water and rocks on Highway 33 in the Apache Canyon area.
    That is at the southeast end of the Cuyama Valley between Ventucopa and Lockwood Valley Road.
    The CHP was reporting at 2:16 p.m. that a motorhome had to be pulled out of the flooding and motorcyclists were attempting to ride through the flooding but falling over.
    There are more storms north of the flooding.
    Lightning was reported about 1 p.m. in the Lebec area, and another large cell was reported near Mt. Pinos by a helicopter pilot.
    A lightning map showed a large number of strikes in the eastern end of the Cuyama Valley in the early afternoon
    Here is the complete text of the flash flood warning:
    BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
    FLASH FLOOD WARNING
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OXNARD CA
    142 PM PDT MON JUL 22 2013
     
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OXNARD HAS ISSUED A
     
    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
    EAST CENTRAL SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA...
    NORTHWESTERN VENTURA COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA...
     
    * UNTIL 315 PM PDT
     
    * AT 136 PM PDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
    FLASH FLOODING FROM A THUNDERSTORM OVER THE WARNED AREA BETWEEN
    LOCKWOOD VALLEY AND BIG PINE MOUNTAIN. FLASH FLOODING IS IMMINENT
    ALONG HIGHWAY 33 ABOUT 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF REYES PEAK.
     
    * THE STORM PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING WILL MOVE SLOWLY WEST LESS THAN
    5 MPH.
     
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
     
    MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
    AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
    DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
    ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
    ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.
     
    IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE RELATIVE TO STREAMS...
    RIVERS...OR CREEKS WHICH CAN BECOME KILLERS IN HEAVY RAINS. CAMPERS
    AND HIKERS SHOULD AVOID STREAMS OR CREEKS.
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