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Meghan and Harry’s town of Montecito has been urged to evacuate as torrential rain brings with it the fear of mudslides. Five years ago to the day, deadly mudslides in Montecito killed 23 people.
Nearby Santa Barbara residents have been urged to get to high ground and shelter in place from a storm which has already killed 12 in California.
The community of Montecito and surrounding canyons were ordered to evacuate Monday amid a deluge of rain that has flooded roads and swollen waterways.
“IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDER issued to the ENTIRE MONTECITO COMMUNITY,” the Santa Barbra County Office of Emergency Management said in a Tweet.
Montecito Fire Chief Kevin Taylor said at least 8 inches of rain had fallen in 12 hours, with several more inches expected. The canyon communities under evacuation orders are under hillsides burned bare in recent years by wildfires.
Upscale Montecito is squeezed between mountains and the Pacific coast and home to the Duke and Duchess as well as other big names including Orpah Winfrey.
As of Monday morning, more than 137,000 were without power as winds upwards of 60 miles per hour battered the Golden State, downing powerlines and trees.
“We expect to see the worst of it still in front of us,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. He asked Joe Biden to declare an emergency for the state which the President did on Sunday evening.
Governor Newsom added: “We’re anticipating very intense weather coming in [Monday] and Tuesday morning.”
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