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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Remains of Melor to strike California

Super-typhoon Melor stuck Japan earlier this past week and continued to the northeast quickly becoming extratropical in nature. The remains from this storm has now made its way across the Pacific Ocean and is expected to saturate most of California north of Los Angeles. Heavy rain, potential flooding and possibly mudslides could affect the area beginning Monday and continuing through Thursday.

Weekend weather to be pleasant, chance of rain next week (San Diego Union Tribune)
A massive storm, the remnants of western Pacific Typhoon Melor, is expected to barrel into Northern California Monday through Wednesday. If it lives up to billing, the storm would be one of the strongest to hit the area in several years. It could dump 5 to 8 inches of rain on the mountains and foothills. The National Weather Service is warning about possible mud and debris flows in recent burn areas, urban flooding and winds up to 60 mph.

But it is unclear whether any rain will make it as far south as San Diego. Weather service forecaster Miguel Miller said the main wave of moisture should hit the northern half of the state Tuesday, but the best chance of rain in Southern California will come late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Monterey County could see 10 inches of rain, 60 mph winds from storm (The Californian)

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous-weather statement for early next week, warning that heavy rain and high winds could bring road flooding, mudslides and power outages to the Monterey County area. The service called the storm system unusually strong for October in Central and Northern California. It originated from Typhoon Melor, which struck Japan a few days ago, according to the weather statement.

Rain and winds are expected to be heaviest Tuesday. Rainfall amounts could reach up to 10 inches in the Santa Lucia mountains, the service said, and wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible.

Mud and debris flows are possible on areas burned in recent wildfires, the service said. Flooding could occur in small streams and roadways, and high winds could take down trees and power lines.

In addition, the service said, roads could become dangerously slippery as rain loosens a summer-long buildup of oil, leaves and other debris.(Emphasis added).


A good side of this is the heavy amounts of rain will end the fire season in California this year during a time when Santa Anna winds are expected to be high according to Fox News.

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