Storm and high surf advisory for Ventura Tuesday-Thursday

The National Weather Service advises that a series of three storms is expected to make landfall in Ventura County beginning Tuesday, January 5. The first storm system is forecasted to hit Ventura County early Tuesday morning into the evening and may bring 1.4 – 2.5 inches of rain to the area. Rainfall rates up to .25 inches per hour are possible in some areas raising concern for post-fire debris flow. The second and third storms are expected to make landfall Wednesday into Friday with the potential of significant rainfall of 2 to 4 inches.

Residents are advised to use caution as possible impacts include mud/debris flows in recent burn areas, slick roadways, urban flooding, gusty winds and winter storm conditions in the high mountains with heavy snow.

Sand and sandbags are available to Ventura residents, at the following locations (please bring your own shovel):

City of Ventura, Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road. Ventura City Fire Station #1, 717 N. Ventura Avenue. Ventura City Fire Station #6, 10797 Darling Road.

Please contact Chris Palmieri, Public Works Supervisor, for more information on sand bags, 805.652.4521, cpalmieri@cityofventura.net

High Surf

High surf advisory remains in effect until 10 pm PST Thursday, January 7, 2016. Surf is anticipated to build to 5 to 8 feet with sets to 10 feet by Tuesday. The highest surf is anticipated on west facing beaches. As a larger swell arrives by midweek surf will build to 8 to 12 feet on Wednesday and 10 to 15 feet on Thursday. Higher sets will be possible near Ventura Harbor. Large powerful waves and strong currents will create a risk of ocean drowning. Sneaker waves can suddenly overrun previously dry beaches and jetties. Flooding of low lying beach parking lots, harbor walkways and beach campgrounds will be possible especially during the middle of the week. High tides will be large enough by midweek to increase the risk of coastal flooding. A high surf advisory means that high surf and rip currents will make entering the water or climbing on rock jetties dangerous. Remember if caught in a rip current swim parallel to shore until you are free of the powerful current.

The Ventura Pier remains closed.

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