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New agency AFP has reported that the California city that houses Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle has been ordered to evacuate as soon as possible amid landslide warnings.
It is expected that in Montecito, where show business stars Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston also live, up to 20 centimeters of rain will fall in 24 hours. The city has been experiencing heavy rains for weeks now. City officials have said that everyone in the area should evacuate immediately.
“Leave immediately! This is a rapidly evolving situation. Please pay close attention to emergency alerts”, — according to the fire department's website, according to AFP.
The city is considered vulnerable to mudflows due to its proximity to the foot of a mountain range that was hit by a fire five years ago.
Montecito has received 12-20 inches of rain in the last 30 days, more than the annual average of 17 inches. This amount of precipitation in a short period of time creates a high risk of flooding and mudflows.
Parade of storms hit California, killing 12 people so far .Much of the state is at risk of flooding due to near-record rainfall in recent weeks.
“Two major episodes of heavy rain and heavy mountain snow are expected to hit California quickly over the next few days as two more vigorous and wetter cyclone parades are heading straight for California. The cumulative effect of successive heavy rains will result in additional flooding events. This includes rapid water rise, landslides, and the potential for large river floods. Susceptible terrain and areas near recent wildfires will be most at risk from mudflows and rapid runoff,” — the meteorological agency warned.
More rain is expected during the week. A state of emergency was declared earlier, which was later also declared by the president.
More than 100,000 homes were left without electricity due to heavy rain .
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