Nearly 1 Million Without Power; California Braces for Catastrophic Floods

DEVELOPING STORY: Southern California is bracing for what the National Weather Service is calling a catastrophic and life-threatening flooding event. Santa Barbara Airport has closed due to flooding of airfield.

The NWS warned of mudslides, rockslides and significant flooding. More than 11 million people are in the danger zone. Watch videos below.

In Ventura County law enforcement reported numerous flooded roads, vehicles submerged, rock and mud slides, and quickly rising levels of area rivers. Between 3 and 7 inches of rain have fallen.

The National Weather Service issued a rare hurricane-force wind warning for the Central Coast: Wind gusts up to 92 mph were possible from the Monterey Peninsula to the northern section of San Luis Obispo County.

On Sunday afternoon and evening, 50 to 80 mph winds downed trees onto homes, cars and power lines in the Bay Area and Central Coasts; in the Sierra Nevada some gusts topped 100 mph. Over 900,000 customers in the state were without power around 7 p.m. Sunday local time and officials urged residents to only travel for essential reasons. Winds were blasting the Bay Area and gusted to 62 mph at San Francisco International Airport late in the afternoon.

Flooding was increasing in Southern California, where high water forced the closure of Santa Barbara Airport and the National Weather Service warned conditions were poised to deteriorate dramatically overnight.

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