Flash Flood Warning in effect until at least 2 a.m.

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The National Weather Service has expanded its Flash Flood Warning to include most of Southern California, including all of Malibu. There is special concern for the areas affected by the recent fires. The warning is in effect until at least 2 a.m. An extension of the warning may be made.

“If you are in the warning area, move to higher ground immediately,” a message says on the Weather Service’s Web site. “Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.”

Rocks, mud and other debris have fallen on portions of Malibu Canyon Road and portions and Pacific Coast Highway. Drivers are encouraged to use caution. A Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station official says there are no plans to close any roads.

There is heavy rain in the area, with the rate as high as one inch per hour, according to the Weather Service.

“This exceeds thresholds considered critical for significant debris flows in the burn areas,” the Weather Service’s Web site says.

The Web site also warns people not to attempt to cross flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by automobile.

Periodic rainfall is expected to continue through Sunday.

The best method for property protection is the placement of sandbags around the home. Those needing sandbags should contact the local fire stations:

Fire Station No. 70 – 3970 Carbon Canyon Road, 310.317.1802

Fire Station No. 71 – 28722 Pacific Coast Highway, 310.457.2578

Fire Station No. 88 – 23720 Malibu Road, 310.456.2812

Fire Station No. 99 – 32550 Pacific Coast Highway, 310.457.3706

A guide on how to properly place the sandbags and other information on property protection can be found on Los Angeles County’s Web site at http://dpw.lacounty.gov/wmd/HomeOwners/.