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March 20, 2023

Forecasters: Prepare for another storm

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—A rainstorm predicted to begin Thursday morning is expected to douse the Central Coast, raising new concerns for flooding in parts of Santa Cruz County.

The storm is expected to last through Friday afternoon, bringing an estimated 2 to 3 inches in the lower elevations, and 6 to 8 inches in the mountains, says National Weather Service meteorologist Alexis Clouser.

The Pajaro River in Watsonville is predicted to reach 23 feet, well below flood stage, says Santa Cruz County spokesman Jason Hoppin. The San Lorenzo River, however, could reach flood stage, causing probable flooding in low-lying areas of Paradise Park and Felton Grove.

The soil, already saturated from a series of punishing storms in January and February, will cause flooding to occur rapidly, County officials stated.

While high tides are expected to be higher than normal, wave heights are predicted to be significantly lower than January storms.

Forecasters are also calling for record low temperatures in the middle of the week. 

The storm will be preceded by gusty winds, with temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to the mid-50s, Clouser says. 

Commuters, she added, should be careful on their Friday morning drive.

“Take it slow, take it safe and keep an eye on the forecast,” she said. 

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