OXNARD, Calif. - Get ready for an intense storm. The National Weather Service believes the storm making its way towards our area is the biggest we have seen in years.
“This appears to be the heaviest storm that we have had so far this winter. Even if you go back and look at some of the past storms we have had so far over the past six years. The last time we were expecting this much rainfall over a 24 hour period you have to go all the way back to 2011. So it has been a long time since we have had a storm this heavy,” said Meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service- Los Angeles/Oxnard Mark Jackson.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service are busy tracking this storm. In the last 24 hours they have issued a number of advisories, watches, and warnings. Many of the watches currently in effect are expected to increase to warnings at some point on Friday.
“The Flash Flood Warning means it is a life threatening condition. That means there is a threat to life and property and people should take it very serious. They should know where they are at and know there surroundings and if they are in a situation where they are vulnerable to their car being swept away or a canyon area to make sure to remove themselves to that threat by going to higher ground or getting out of a canyon,” said Jackson.
With a storm this powerful on the way it is also a good idea to protect your home with sandbags, if you area is prone to flooding.
In preparation for the storm The City Of Oxnard offered free sandbags to their residents, so that locals could come and protect their homes before the storm.
“I just want to play it safe. I don’t want the flooding to occur and go elsewhere and just mess up my household,” said Kevin Marquez of Oxnard as he filled up ten sandbags.
The majority of the Oxnard residents we spoke to said it was their first time preparing for a storm by getting sandbags.
“This is the first time I have ever had to do it. The last storm we had it started coming in the garage, so this time I am just going to stop it before it happens,” said Josh Jones of Oxnard.
Oxnard will continue to offer free sandbags Friday starting at 7 AM, for more information on where to go and hours call 805-385-8343.
If you plan on picking up sandbags at your local home improvement store, just remember taking sand from the beach is illegal.