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Evacuations, road closures issued throughout Southern California as rain douses state

Posted: 3:10 PM, Jan 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-17 23:10:49Z
Holy fire evacuations

Cal Fire Thursday issued new mandatory evacuations for areas scorched by the Holy Fire now at risk of flooding.

Early Thursday morning, Cal Fire tweeted out a list of mandatory evacuation zones. “People in these areas MUST GO NOW,” a statement from the agency said.

VOLUNTARY EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for Lakeside A. #HolyFloodWatch @CtyLakeElsinore pic.twitter.com/jA4kcvKvkD

— CAL FIRE Riverside (@CALFIRERRU) January 17, 2019

An additional voluntary evacuation was issued for the Lakeside A zone.

In Orange County, a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway was shut down due to flooding.

The southbound lanes of the highway remain closed from Seaport Street to Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach “until further notice.”

Further north in Los Angeles County, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory throughout most of the county.

"With these rainfall rates, flooding of roadways and low-lying areas will continue. Additionally, there may be some minor mudslides and rockslide in and around the recent burn areas," the NWS said in a statement.

In Malibu, both directions of Malibu Canyon Road were closed between Mulholland Highway and Civic Center Way due to rock slides.

Meanwhile in San Diego County, a high surf advisory was issued through Saturday morning, with sets reaching as high as 14 feet.

“There is an increased risk for ocean drowning. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches and rocks and capsize small boats near shore," the agency said.

A flood advisory has also been issued for Escondido and Oceanside until 4:30 p.m. Thursday.