Malibu Braces for First Storm of the Season

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LASD Lieutenant Jennifer Seetoo (left) and Battalion Chief Anthony Williams of LA County Fire Division 7 (right), chat with a colleague while checking out the capacity of a recently-cleared debris basin in Malibu West during a break in the rain on Tuesday morning, Jan. 15. Malibu neighborhoods affected by the Woolsey Fire experienced intense mud and debris flow during last winter’s rainy season.

A storm expected to hit Southern California will affect Malibu, according to an alert sent by the City of Malibu Tuesday morning, Nov. 26. 

Rain—and possible thunderstorms—are expected through Friday, Nov. 29. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there is a high chance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, and a slight chance on Friday. Temperatures are expected to fluctuate between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Malibu is expected to get at least 1.5 to 2 inches of rain between Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. and Nov. 27 at 10 p.m.

The City of Malibu detailed that crews “will be patrolling and clearing roads of rocks and debris, clearing storm drains and culverts to prevent flooding” and more to help prevent debris and mudflow. Motorists are advised to travel with caution over the next few days during inclement weather.

NWS issued a beach hazards statement for the Los Angeles/Oxnard area, in effect through Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 26. Surf heights are expected to rise anywhere between three to six feet, and surfers are cautioned against strong rip currents. 

Free sandbags will be available at all local fire stations and at Zuma Beach lifeguard headquarters. Per local ordinance, plastic sandbags are banned; residents must use burlap sandbags. For up-to-date information on the weather, visit weather.gov.