Warmer weather on tap for Southern California after weekend of storms
People gather on a street in the Los Angeles area as a strong thunderstorm passes during a wind warning in Hollywood. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch early Sunday evening for L.A. County, and the office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa opened an emergency operations center to deal with the storm. ([email protected])
LA Weekly reports on the weather in Southern California after three more storms swept through the area during the weekend.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch early Sunday evening for L.A. County, and the city of Los Angeles opened an emergency operations center to deal with the storm.
An afternoon storm dumped nearly 3 inches of rain on the Westside, flooding streets and sending down trees and power lines.
The National Weather Service issued an evening warning for the hills north of the Los Angeles area, with a strong thunderstorm expected to bring 2 to 3 inches of rain.
Officials in the hills say they had been warned of strong storms earlier in the week, but they’ve never expected this. Officials warned residents to leave their homes immediately, or risk electrocution from trees and power lines downed by a storm that brought heavy rain to much of the Los Angeles area.
Rainstorms in the mountains are often wet, but typically not this heavy. And in Southern California, storms are rarely this heavy.
“We have seen rainstorms where we had just 10 inches,” said Michael Burt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Weather Forecast Office in Oxnard. “This has been more significant.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that three people were listed as missing in the Santa Clarita area late Sunday night. They had been out boating Sunday night, officials said.
More than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power early Sunday evening, with power outages ranging from a few minutes to some 30 hours. City officials said that the number of customers without power was expected to fluctuate greatly during the evening.
In Santa Clarita, a number of streets were flooded,