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Winter storm brings flood advisories, emergency warnings across Central Coast

Highway 101 is closed in San Luis Obispo.
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Highway 101 is closed in San Luis Obispo.

Emergency warnings are in place across the Central Coast today amid the heavy storm which has closed Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo.

A flood advisory is in place for both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties until 4 p.m. today.

Heavier rain moving into the area throughout the day could bring the potential for shallow mud and debris flows, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials with Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management are warning those in and around the Alisal Fire burn scar area to be prepared to shelter in place should thunderstorms occur.

If thunderstorms occur, officials advise to stay inside or go to higher ground.

Portions of highways across the Central Coast are closed right now. According to the California Highway Patrol, Highway 101 at Santa Rosa Street in San Luis Obispo is closed due to flooding. CHP officers and CalTrans are on the scene.

A portion of Highway 1 near Orcutt from Solomon Road to Black Road in Santa Barbara County is also closed due to flooding. Caltrans says there is no clear timeline for when it will reopen.

Additionally, traffic signals at the intersections of Higuera/Nipomo and Higuera/Osos in San Luis Obispo will remain in flash for safety reasons until the rain has subsided.

Officials are asking drivers to treat these intersections as a stop sign by stopping and then proceeding carefully when the intersection is clear.

Benjamin Purper was News Director of KCBX from May of 2021 to September of 2023. He came from California’s Inland Empire, where he spent three years as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KVCR in San Bernardino. Dozens of his stories have aired on KQED’s California Report, and his work has broadcast on NPR's news magazines, as well. In addition to radio, Ben has worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.
Rachel Showalter first joined KCBX as an intern from Cal Poly in 2017. During her time in college, she anchored and reported for Mustang News at Cal Poly's radio station, KCPR. After graduating, she took her first job as a Producer at KSBY-TV. She returned to the KCBX team in October 2020, reporting daily for KCBX News until she moved to the Pacific Northwest in July of 2022. Rachel spends her off-days climbing rocks, cooking artichokes and fighting crosswords with friends.
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