The storms arriving today, Jan. 4, and extending through tomorrow are expected to bring heavy rain and high surf. Please beware of the potential for severe erosion of Carpinteria Beach during the the storms. The beachfront may be susceptible to localized flooding, especially during high tides and high surf. Though the berm is intended to protect from most winter storms, it may not provide adequate protection should high tides and winter surf conditions continue. Flooding could occur at any time, but it is most likely during the high tides when there is a potential for ocean waves to overtop the winter sand berm and cause flooding.