Storms Rage in San Diego County

As of 3:15pm on Monday, March 7th, there is rain hammering the windows of our office, with the strong winds making the noise even more prominent. Carlsbad is certainly “under the weather” along with the rest of San Diego County. Preparing for the rain (which will be visiting Carlsbad and its surrounding areas on and off into early next week) may seem absurd – but according to several news outlets, it’s not a bad idea. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean to avoid roof leaks. Not only is it important to ensure that they are clean before a rainy season, it is even helpful to clean them again after the first major rainfall. Since we mentioned leaks: make sure to fix leaks as soon as you notice them. Leaks can lead to serious health hazards such as mold and bacteria growth. It can also cause severe water damage, and will become costly the longer you wait. It’s especially important to be cautious about this in Southern California, as dry heat can cause wood to open expansion points, creating leak spots. Always check the patio and entry points of your home to be sure that any water will flow directly into drainage spouts and not into your house! To conserve water, make sure your sprinklers are turned off. This is especially important because of the drought, and you really don’t need a watering system until the rain has ceased. Make sure you have a disaster kit for your home. You’ll want to have a generator, flashlights or even candles handy in case the power goes out (you won’t want to have to scramble to find anything in the dark! Keep these materials somewhere where you will be able to easily find them.) Make sure you also have a first-aid kit, blankets, canned food and drinking water nearby. In case your home is flooded, make sure you know how to turn off your water, gas and electric connections. Lastly, make sure you have practiced your evacuation plan, especially if you have children in the house. Warnings Reports from this morning show snowfall on Palomar Mountain as well as Julian. Chains are required if you are traveling to Palomar Mountain. A high surf warning has been issued from noon today until 4pm on Tuesday. A high surf along with strong rip currents make the beach a dangerous place to be.