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Southern California isn't in hurricane country, but there's still plenty of conditions to plan for




A street floods as a powerful storm moves across Southern California on February 17, 2017 in Sun Valley, California. After years of severe drought, heavy winter rains have come to the state, and with them, the issuance of flash flood watches in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and the evacuation of hundreds of residents from Duarte, California for fear of flash flooding from area denuded by a wildfire last year.
A street floods as a powerful storm moves across Southern California on February 17, 2017 in Sun Valley, California. After years of severe drought, heavy winter rains have come to the state, and with them, the issuance of flash flood watches in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and the evacuation of hundreds of residents from Duarte, California for fear of flash flooding from area denuded by a wildfire last year.
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Huge swaths of the area around Houston remain underwater. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, and the region is facing a massive rebuilding effort.

One big problem in Houston – widespread development in areas that were known to be prone to flooding.

The problems are not necessarily unique to Houston – it's a problem here, too. Los Angeles has long, and perhaps unavoidably, been building houses and businesses in areas of high fire danger. And that's not even mentioning the many fault lines that run through the city.

Take Two host A Martínez spoke with Brad Alexander, chief of media relations at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, about Southern California's preparation for extreme weather.

 

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