Violent Storms Force Prince Harry to Evacuate Montecito

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Montecito is now under mandatory evacuation orders due to the continuing destruction of large parts of California by severe storms.

Prince Harry Meghan Markle, Oprah Winfrey?, and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are just a few of the residents with multimillion-dollar properties in the wealthy enclave, where conditions continue to deteriorate due to heavy rainfall.

DeGeneres shared footage from her $14.3 million estate showing a calm stream that had become a raging torrent due to the storm. She also noted that she was told to shelter in place as her property is higher.

In central California, a 5-year old boy was taken by the wind on his way home from school.

Search operations for Kyle Doan resumed Tuesday after authorities were forced to discontinue their efforts Monday because of extreme weather conditions, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office In a statement

“A break in the intense storms is allowing today’s search which will involve all available resources of the Sheriff’s Office including the USAR (Underwater Search and Rescue) Team and air operations. The conditions, however, remain extremely dangerous. The water level is high and continues to be fast-moving. The public is strongly cautioned not to conduct self-initiated searches and put themselves in harm’s way and become a victim requiring resources that would otherwise be used for searching,”The statement was read.

The little boy was wearing black puffer jacket with a red liner, blue jeans, blue and gray Nike tennis shoes when he was carried out of his mother’s truck that had been stranded in floodwaters about 8 a.m. Monday. 

At the time, there was no evacuation order. A firefighter discovered one of Kyle’s shoes. He has not yet been declared deceased. 

“Praying for a miracle to surround this sweet child and his family,”You can read the comments posted on Facebook by the sheriff’s office.  

This storm is the latest in a series of deadly downpours to have impacted the state.

“As of Monday afternoon, winter storms have claimed the lives of 14 Californians – more lives than wildfires in the past two years combined,”The office of Governor Gavin NewsomMonday

Newsom intends to visit the region, but this could prove difficult due to the huge land and mudslides which make travel almost impossible.

“The only freeway in and out of Montecito is shut down for nearly 25 miles after flood water overtook the road leaving behind mud and debris,”Jim Moret from Inside Edition reports on the storm scene.

Some residents were forced to flee their homes by kayaking because of fallen trees and boulders.

California has set up shelters throughout the region and is urging all residents to be “hypervigilant,”Warning: There are still “several days of severe winter weather ahead.” 

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