The Coast Guard says the number of people sleeping in vehicles in coastal communities has increased by about 100 percent since the last large-scale hurricane season in 2020.
The agency has increased the number to more than 1,000 in some communities.
The agency said Tuesday it will be conducting more patrols of areas where people sleep in vehicles as it responds to more severe weather.
It said its team will be deployed to areas of Southern California, which includes Los Angeles and Orange counties.
“These communities are experiencing unprecedented coastal storm surge that is now threatening lives, businesses, and livelihoods,” said Capt. Mark Smith, a Coast Guard spokesman.
“We are prepared for this to happen in the future, but we need to be mindful that we are taking these steps to protect life and property.
Coast Guard crews are also working to restore power to coastal communities in the wake of Tropical Storm Allison.
During the 2017-18 season, the Coast Guard was deployed to coastal areas in Southern California and other states.
This year, the agency is deploying a smaller number of agents to coastal regions in the Gulf of Mexico, where it is responding to hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.