Local authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order for the entire community of Montecito, California, on Monday, January 9, as an intense storm swept through the area.
Video filmed by Ryan Ausanka-Crues along East Valley Road in Montecito shows a creek surging with water.
US President Joe Biden declared an emergency in California, allowing federal assistance to support “state, tribal, and local response efforts.”
The National Weather Service said a strong line of showers and thunderstorms were moving across the state’s Central Coast in the early hours of Tuesday, with weak tornadoes possible. Credit: Ryan Ausanka-Crues via Storyful