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Preparing for extreme weather with Dallas Raines

September 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
People from around the world come to California to enjoy our mild climate and our usually great weather. But when it comes to weather-caused disasters, the state gets it's fair share and residents need to be prepared. In Southern California there are several significant disasters every year, mostly related to weather conditions. Extreme heat coupled with winds can lead to explosive wildfires and during the late summer to early fall, powerful Santa Ana winds and low humidity makes the situation even worse.

The Station Fire last year burned more than 160,000 acres and nearly one quarter of the Angeles National Forest, making it the biggest fire in Los Angeles County history.

After such a devastating blaze, the torched land becomes susceptible to erosion and mudslides when winter rains come, as happened in the Foothill region of La Crescenta last winter.

Another concern for Southern Californians is thunderstorms, which have the potential to spawn small but destructive tornadoes, as was seen in Orange County during the winter El Nino season last year.

Whether it's tornados or any other extreme weather condition, being weather-aware can save your life.

For a more extensive look at the types of disasters we deal with in Southern California, tune in Sunday at 4 pm for our "Ready SoCal" special.

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