California’s Central Coast Taking Brunt Of Storms, Salinas River Rising

Upscale Montecito, in the hills above the coastal town of San Luis Obispo, is the home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
WINDSOR, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: Cars are submerged in floodwater after heavy rain moved through the area on January 09, 2023 in Windsor, California. The San Francisco Bay Area continues to get drenched by powerful atmospheric river events that have brought high winds and flooding rains. The storms have toppled trees, flooded roads and cut power to tens of thousands. Storms are lined up over the Pacific Ocean and are expected to bring more rain and wind through the end of the week. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A 5-year-old boy is the central California is believed dead after the vehicle in which he was a passenger became stranded early Monday morning in flood waters and he was swept away.
  • Rescuers by late afternoon ended the search for the child because the current and rising water levels of the Salinas River were too dangerous for divers.
  • The National Weather Service reported that at least 8 inches of rain fell over 12 hours in the region, with several more inches predicted before the latest storm system moves out.

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