Evacuations ordered as biggest storm in years moves into Southern California

The National Weather Service is warning that the storm that will hit Southern California late Saturday could be the strongest since 2010, prompting at least one city to issue evacuation notices in advance of heavy rain, flooding and possible mudslides.

The city of Santa Clarita issued the notices at 6 p.m. for about 120 homes in the vicinity of last summer’s Sand fire. The affected area is bounded by Placerita Canyon to the south, Sand Canyon to the west and Iron Canyon to the north. Evacuations were also ordered in burn areas in Silverado Canyon in Orange County and parts of Santa Barbara County.

At-risk residents were being urged to evacuate no later than 10 p.m. Saturday night as debris flows could restrict access by first responder agencies to impacted areas, according to a statement released by the city.

An evacuation center has been set up at Canyon High School, 19300 Nadal St. Animals may be taken to the Castaic Animal Shelter at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road. Continu to read

Rainfall totals for Sunday and Monday in the greater northern Los Angeles area.