A ferocious winter storm swept through Montecito in the United States, the residential area of Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, on Monday afternoon with everyone ordered to evacuate.
According to the Daily Mail, all residents of Santa Barbara County, home to Montecito, have also been ordered to shelter in place.
The orders come as the state continues to see damage from a series of atmospheric rivers and storms that have left 12 dead and many trapped in their homes, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
As of Monday morning, more than 137,000 customers in the Golden State were without power as wind speeds of more than 60 miles per hour brought down trees and power lines.
“We expect to see the worst ahead,” Newsom said when asking President Joe Biden to declare an emergency for the state. Biden complied Sunday night, granting the state access to emergency resources.
“We anticipate very intense weather Monday and Tuesday morning,” Governor Newsom said during a press conference on Sunday.
Along with Montecito, Toro Canyon, Sycamore Canyon, and Padaro Lane were ordered out.
“Leave now, says the official Santa Barbara County emergency website.
All other Santa Barbara County residents are told to stay where they are for now.
“SHELTER IN PLACE. Flooding, Santa Barbara County Impact Areas. Go to innermost room or high ground. DO NOT attempt to exit. If already evacuated, stay out of area,” reads a tweet from the Office of Emergency Management of Santa Barbara.
The orders come five years after 23 people in Montecito were killed in a landslide, a reporter said on Twitter.
This is the second evacuation order for the Southern California area in a week.
An order was issued for the Alisal, Thomas and Cave fire areas Wednesday night due to concerns over mudslides.
The area remains one of two counties in Southern California expected to experience the heaviest rainfall.
Harry and Meghan have lived in their $23 million home in the sleepy seaside town since 2020 after stepping down from royal duties in March of that year.