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ReadyKern Emergency Notification System
Tuesday March 20th, 2018 :: 05:12 p.m. PDT


"Atmospheric River" Rainstorm Forecast for Kern County - Be Aware

Este es un mensaje de la seguridad. Para espanol, llame a 211. Gracias. If you live or work near an area that may be affected by the atmospheric river storm forecast for Kern County this week, and especially if you live or work downslope of any of the wildfires that have burned in Kern County during the last several years, please pay close attention to this message. The National Weather Service predicts that a weather disturbance this week will allow abundant moisture in the form of an atmospheric river to cause heavy rain in Southern and Central California, including Kern County. The heaviest rain is expected from Wed. morning, March 21st, thru Thursday afternoon, March 22nd. Because this storm is predicted to bring more rain than previous storms this year, flooding from excessive runoff, mud and debris flows, and rock slides may become hazards. Places downslope or adjacent to drainages below areas that burned during previous wildfires are especially at risk from these hazards. Your Kern County emergency authorities urge residents to be alert, recognizing the potential for heavy runoff, mud and debris flows, and rock slides into populated areas, and remain aware of their surroundings. You are urged to closely monitor and anticipate changing conditions in your area and be prepared to move to a place of safety if it becomes necessary. Should signs of mud flows or heavy runoff be observed, residents should move out of the area or to higher ground. Avoid entering the path of the flow as water and mud flows are deceivingly powerful. If the situation changes, an updated message will be sent. You are encouraged to take action immediately if you feel threatened, even if you have not received another ReadyKern message. The National Weather Service suggests that residents monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action if flooding becomes imminent or is reported. For additional information about local weather conditions, please contact the National Weather Service in Hanford. You may visit the National Weather Service's website at or Facebook page at, or call them at (559) 584-3752. Please stay tuned to your local television and radio stations for more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions about the content of this message, please contact Kern County Information and Referral Services at 2-1-1. Thank you.

ReadyKern Emergency Notification System
2601 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93306

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 661-873-2603

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