Ellen DeGeneres shares video of raging floodwaters near her home as Montecito is evacuated during the storm

Ellen DeGeneres shares video of raging floodwaters near her home as Montecito is evacuated during the storm

Ellen DeGeneres shares video of raging floodwaters near her home as Montecito is evacuated during the storm

As powerful storms wreak havoc in CaliforniaEllen DeGeneres, who lives in the affluent town of Montecito, posted a video of raging floods near her home, pleading with people to be “kinder to Mother Nature”.

Montecito is currently under an evacuation order, but DeGeneres said in the caption of the video that she was told to shelter in place, as she is on higher ground. The video shows the raging creek next to her home, which she says has risen nine feet due to the storm.

“It’s the fifth anniversary of the fire and mudslides that killed [people] and people lost their homes, their lives,” she said. ” It’s crazy. On the fifth anniversary, we have unprecedented rain.”

“Mother Nature is not happy with us,” she said. “Let’s all do our part.”

Montecito is also home to famous names like Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan.

In the 2018 mudslide, 23 people died and more than 100 houses were destroyed, according to Associated Press. The area is also recovering from recent wildfires.

The National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office shared multiple images of massive flooding in the area, almost completely submerging vehicles parked on a street.

But Montecito and surrounding towns in Santa Barbara County aren’t the only places in California being hit by bad weather.

Parts of neighboring San Luis Obispo County were under Tuesday flash flood warnings and NWS also warned from the threat of wind and hail.

A young boy disappeared in the floodwaters, only his shoe appearing during a search lasting about seven hours, according to the AP. The boy has not been pronounced dead, said San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla. Authorities had to call off the search because the water levels were too dangerous for divers, officials said.

A sinkhole in Santa Maria, northern Santa Barbara County, forced the evacuation of 20 homes, NWS said.

Monday night, flash flood warnings have been issued for parts of Los Angeles County.

After two days of downpours, parts of Los Angeles County received nearly six inches of rain, while parts of San Luis Obispo County received more than 10 inches and parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties received more than 16 inches, depending on the service.

“Some AMAZING totals for the region,” the service said Tuesday. “Expect more rain today as showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue.”

The storm is part of a stream of bad weather, caused by an “atmospheric river” coming from the Pacific. Atmospheric rivers are long regions in the atmosphere that carry water. The water vapor they carry is roughly equivalent to the average water flow at the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

So when they hit the ground and release all that water, they can cause extreme flooding. They are an important part of the global ocean water cycle, often contributing to water supply, NOAA points out.

Several atmospheric river storms have hit cities across the state of California since December 26. And while California’s central coast is being hit hard this week, the Bay Area has also been hit by powerful storms that have caused flooding, landslides and power outages.

Parts of the Bay Area were still under a flood warning this week, and the weather service warned about hail, strong winds and steep waves in some areas early Tuesday.

Last week’s Bay Area storm is expected to “probably be one of the most impactful large-scale systems this meteorologist has seen in a long time,” said the National Weather Service’s Bay Area office. in a press release. They called the storm a “brutal system”.

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