Pilot, ‘Crazy’ West, ‘Unbelievable’ Weather Warnings for Thursday

In a dramatic turnaround from the first three hours of the day, an aviation weather warning issued Thursday evening was cancelled after a meteorologist warned that the weather forecast for the West Coast would be disastrous.

The aviation advisory, issued around 8:30pm local time, warned that a storm would move west to the state of California and threaten the Los Angeles metropolitan area and the California-Nevada border.

It was the first time the aviation advisory had been cancelled in the region since October, when a similar weather warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Ventura County.

“As of 7:15pm Pacific, the advisory is now cancelled and the storm is moving away from the coast,” said meteorologist David F. Gossett, the meteorologist for the NWS Ventura region.

Gossett said the storm was forecast to be a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, which would be the strongest storm to ever make landfall in California.

After the storm moved through the Pacific, it would turn south toward the Pacific Ocean and enter the Atlantic Ocean, said Gossetts warning.

In addition to the threat to Los Angeles, the storm could also move into the state’s interior.

“The hurricane threat could extend into the Central Valley and the Southwest,” Gossets warning said.

A total of 12 cities in the western half of California were under a mandatory evacuation order, including Santa Clarita, Sonoma, Bakersfield, Stockton, El Dorado, Bodega, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ranchos Verde and Ventura.

An additional 5,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders in the Central valley.

Weather warnings for the state and southern California were also issued, warning of wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and rain.

FAA issued a warning that heavy rains were expected to begin in the Los Altos Hills and San Fernando Valley and move through the Los Alamitos Mountains.

California Highway Patrol said on Twitter that there was a mandatory road closure in the San Gabriel Valley and in Santa Barbara County.

The closure was to include Interstate 880, a major east-west road, Interstate 5, a national highway and a major north-south highway.

Airports in Ventura, Santa Claritas, Buellton, Boca Raton, Orange, Orange County, Santa Cruz, Solana Beach, Solano, Ventura and San Diego were also under mandatory closures.

As of 10:00 p.m.

Pacific, winds were gusts of up to 75 mph in Santa Clarito and Ventura counties and gusts in excess of 100 mph in the Boca area, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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