The most powerful storm to hit Southern California in seven years is headed toward the region today, according to local news reports. Forecasters said the storm could batter the Los Angeles area with high winds, flash floods and mudslides, according to local affiliate CBSLA.
Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for 180 homes in Duarte, Calif., Thursday – before the storm began – and were due to go into effect at 7 a.m. today.
“The storm looks to be the strongest storm to hit southwest California this season,” the National Weather Service said. “It is likely to be the strongest within the last six years and possibly even as far back as December 2004 or January 1995.”
According to CBSLA, forecasters also expect winds powerful enough to knock down trees and power lines, as well as heavy snow in the mountains, and a flash flood watch is in effect through Saturday morning.