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  • The Montecito Fire Department in California urged residents to evacuate Monday as a result of the ongoing storm
  • Ellen DeGeneres shared a video of a rapidly flowing creek, filled with muddied water
  • The former TV host said their house was on higher ground, and they were asked to shelter in place

Several celebrities living in Montecito in Santa Barbara County, California, were asked to evacuate amid the threat of flooding in the area.

Authorities in Santa Barbara County issued an evacuation order Monday due to the threat of flooding from the ongoing storm.

"Immediate Evacuation Order for all of Montecito, parts of Carpinteria, Summerland & City of Santa Barbara. LEAVE NOW," the Montecito Fire Department tweeted.

While fire officials said Montecito received more than 5 inches of rain between 3 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the worst is yet to come, with heavy rain expected in the afternoon and into the evening.

"The heaviest rain is yet to come this afternoon and evening. If your home is within the evacuation order area, please leave now," they wrote.

Montecito is home to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to the area in 2020 after they stepped back from royal duties and moved to California. They lived in Tyler Perry's Los Angeles home for a couple of months before they purchased and settled in their $14 million mansion in Montecito.

Other stars who live in the Santa Barbara-area town include Ariana Grande and her husband Dalton Gomez, Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo, as well as Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl Berkoff, according to Entertainment Tonight.

DeGeneres shared a video of the flooding happening around her home. The clip showed a rapidly flowing creek, filled with muddied water, with the former TV host urging those in the area to stay safe.

"Montecito is under complete evacuation -- the entire town," DeGeneres begins in the video shared on Instagram. "This is the five-year anniversary of the fire and mudslides that killed so many people."

"People lost their homes, their lives," she continued. "This is crazy. On the five-year anniversary, we're having unprecedented rain. This creek next to our house never flows, ever. It's probably about nine feet up, and it's going another two feet up."

DeGeneres said that her home with her wife Portia de Rossi is on higher ground, so they will shelter in place for now. However, the former daytime talk show host said they have "horses ready to evacuate."

"We need to be nicer to mother nature, 'cause mother nature is not happy with us. Let's all do our part. Stay safe everybody," she added.

She echoed the same sentiment in the caption of her post, writing: "Montecito is under mandatory evacuation. We are on higher ground so they asked us to shelter in place, Please stay safe everyone."

DeGeneres' video received mixed responses on social media. Many were concerned that she was still outside amid the storm.

"Don't think you should be out there," one wrote. Another suggested, "I'd move away from that if I were you."

"Get out of there!" a third person commented.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" ran for more than 3,000 episodes, coming to rival even Oprah Winfrey's for cultural impact
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" ran for more than 3,000 episodes, coming to rival even Oprah Winfrey's for cultural impact AFP / Chris DELMAS