8/17 UPDATE POSTED AT 1:30 p.m.: A flash flood watch issued earlier today has been upgraded to a warning by the National Weather Service for parts of Riverside County following a severe thunderstorm warning.
According to the National Weather Service, Doppler Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This storm was located near Lake Hemet.
The flash flood warning has been issued through 2:30 p.m. today for areas throughout Southern California, including northwestern Riverside County.
8/17 ORIGINAL POST: A flash flood watch has been issued for the Inland Empire starting at noon today.
The watch is scheduled to remain in effect through this evening.
A watch warning issued by the National Weather Service Friday morning stated, “Afternoon heating and a deep moist layer will bring the potential for the development of large, slow-moving thunderstorms capable of very heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Recently burned areas will be particularly vulnerable to heavy mud and debris flows, along with dangerous flash flooding.”
Inland Empire valleys, mountains and deserts are under the watch, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS advises, “A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Turn around don’t drown.”
At press time, the NWS is only reporting a 10 percent chance of rain in Lake Elsnore today.