———————————————–UPDATE 3:16 p.m. Approximately 1.65 inches of rain has been recorded at the Newhall weather station as of 2 p.m. and 0.9 inches has been recorded at the Saugus weather station. Weather officials expect a total of 2 to 4 inches of rain to fall in the storm. A mandatory evacuation for 150 homes in the Sand Fire burn area is also in place as of 2 p.m. An evacuation center is available at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita. The evacuation center has been open since last night although no one showed up as of 2:26 p.m. on Sunday according to American Red Cross officials Castaic Animal Shelter is accepting small animals that need to be evacuated and Pierce College is accepting livestock. Val Verde Road was washed out and residents are being advised to stay in place.
Weather officials say this might be the strongest storm to hit the Santa Clarita Valley since 2010.As of 1:30 p.m. officials with L.A. County Department of Public Works said at-risk areas are holding up well despite the storm. A flash flood watch has been in effect since Saturday night and will last until 6 a.m. on Monday, according to the National Weather Service’s website. A wind advisory is also in effect until 6 a.m. on Monday. Winds are up to 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts reaching up to about 45 miles per hour. Several traffic collisions also occurred in SCV as the rain began to fall. At least seven traffic collisions have occurred in the last 12 hours as of 12 p.m. Bridge to Home’s homeless shelter on Drayton Street in Santa Clarita will also be open 24 hours on Sunday and Monday according to DiNesha Jackson, the director of operations. For information on road closures in SCV, click here. Staff Writers Nikolas Samuels and Samie Gebers contributed to this story.