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Staff Report
8:19 am PST January 31, 2019

A flash flood watch is in effect today, Jan. 31, until 3 p.m. for the Woolsey Fire burn area.

The National Weather Service predicts that rain rates of up to 0.75 inch per hour are possible, sparking potential debris flow as well as flash flooding.

“Southern California residents in or below the recently burned areas are urged to take the steps necessary to protect their property,” the alert states. “Persons in the watch area should remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.”

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Malibu schools are open today.

Mud reportedly was on all lanes of Pacific Coast Highway at Deer Creek Road. Per the City of Malibu, PCH is closed in both directions between Las Posas Road in Ventura County and Broad Beach Road in Malibu due to mudslides and flooding. A soft closure (residents permitted with ID) was in place on northbound PCH at Broad Beach Road.

Zuma Beach also was closed because of lightning.

Shortly after 11 a.m., the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station urged residents to be prepared for possible evacuations.