The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Sacramento region and foothill areas, warning that storms moving through the area this afternoon could produce about a half inch of rainfall in an hour.
The advisory is in effect until 7:15 p.m.
The forecast calls for widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms that could cause small streams and creeks to rapidly rise and overflow their banks. Street flooding, especially near storm drains, already had been reported early this afternoon, according to the advisory. Ponding of water in areas with poor drainage also is expected.
The Weather Service urges motorists to use caution, noting that most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Motorists are advised to never drive into areas where the water covers the roadway. Just 1 foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.