And the National Weather Service says:
..FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE 2008 AND 2009 BURN AREAS THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT...THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR* THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.
* THE 2008 AND 2009 BURN AREAS IN SANTA BARBARA...VENTURA...AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA. THIS INCLUDES THE STATION...MORRIS...AND JESUSITA BURN AREAS.
* RAINFALL COVERAGE AND INTENSITIES WILL INCREASE THROUGH THE DAY. THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS IS EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE BURN AREAS OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY BETWEEN 11 AM AND 5 PM...SPREADING INTO LOS ANGELES COUNTY BETWEEN 3 PM AND 9 PM. DURING THIS TIME... PEAK HOURLY RAINFALL RATES BETWEEN .75 INCHES AND 1.00 INCH PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR RATES AS HIGH AS 1.50 INCHES PER HOUR NEAR THUNDERSTORMS AND ACROSS FAVORED SOUTH FACING SLOPES...INCLUDING THE STATION...MORRIS...AND JESUSITA BURN AREAS. AFTER A LULL IN RAINFALL ACTIVITY LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT...THERE IS EXPECTED TO BE PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN LATE THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...PROMPTING THE EXTENSION OF THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE BURN AREAS.
..HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM PST THIS EVENING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOS ANGELES/OXNARD HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM PST THIS EVENING. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* TIMING: SOUTH TO SOUTHEAST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE RAPIDLY LATE THIS MORNING...WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.
* WINDS: SOUTH TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 25 TO 40 MPH WITH DAMAGING GUSTS TO 60 MPH ARE LIKELY DURING THE PEAK OF THE EVENT...STRONGEST NEAR THE IMMEDIATE COAST AND HIGHER TERRAIN.
* IMPACTS: THESE WINDS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. THERE WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT OF DOWNED POWER LINES AND TREES...AS WELL AS POWER OUTAGES.
A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 MPH OR GREATER OR GUSTS OF 60 MPH OR GREATER ARE EXPECTED. BE ALERT FOR FLYING DEBRIS. IF ON THE ROAD...KEEP EYES OPEN FOR FALLEN TREES AND DOWNED POWER LINES. SECURE ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS
And: we just had breakfast with Tom Horner, director of Altadenablog sponsor Catalina Island Camps. The tornado cell that we were warned about and went into Orange County also swept thru their campground near the the Two Harbors area of Catalina -- two cabins were destroyed, eight trees knocked over, a bathroom/shower building was lifted by an exposed root ball, damaging the main water line. So it could be worse!