Skip to comments.CA: Storm pounds Southland, flooding streets and homes
Posted on 01/19/2010 10:14:40 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
A Huntington Beach police officer checks out an SUV that winds blew onto its side in the parking lot of Peter's Landing Marina in Huntington Harbour. No one was in the vehicle when it tipped over. (Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times / January 19, 2010)
The second of four rainstorms forecast for Southern California pummeled the coast this afternoon, with gale-force winds and at least one tornado lifting boats in Orange County 30 to 50 feet, causing serious flooding across the region and promoting a new round of evacuations.
But forecasters said the worst is yet to come, in the form of a stronger, colder storm set to hit the L.A. area Wednesday evening. Authorities plan to evacuate 489 homes in the mudslide-prone foothill areas including La Cañada Flintridge on Wednesday morning in advance of the storm. Those evacuations are expected to remain in place until Monday.
"With the first two storms, we got lucky," said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. "Wednesday could be horrendous. Monday we got the right jab. Tuesday we got the left jab. Wednesday we could get the haymaker to the chin."
Two fatalities have been blamed on the series of storms so far. An El Cajon woman was fatally crushed this afternoon when the passing storm uprooted a tree, which fell on her. On Monday night, a 100-foot tree crashed to the ground, crushing a Frazier Park man and his home.
Today's storm was brief and intense, pummeling coastal areas with hail, ice, thunder, lightning and powerful winds for about two hours before giving way to sunshine and rainbows.
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Getting some wind and some very light rain.
Cloud cover moving in.
Darn SUV’s are dangerous even when they’re not moving.
Wow, I didn’t know there was that much flooding in the LA area. We’ve only had about 2.6” of rain for the week were I live in San Luis Obispo county. We had wind gusts of 57 MPH yesterday.
We are getting slammed out here in the high desert of Riverside County. The temp is dropping, projected 35 tonight, could even get snow flurries. Our elevation isn’t that high only 4000 ft.
Long Beach looks bad, the pictures I saw on the news show lots of flooding.
The KFI reporter talking to Conway said that officials have a panic stricken look to them, regarding tomorrow’s rain and the mandatory evacs ordered for Acton, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Glendale.
Y’all don’t Twitter, do ya
There was snow this afternoon on the west side of Antelope Valley (around 3 o’clock) and we’re only at 2600’
Stay safe out there!
Whoever wrote the 9:13 p.m. needs to go back to freshman year composition.
I’m too old for that kid stuff.
I can understand why...today was going to be a weak storm....zow-wie...it was anything but weak.
My folks said a small tornado touched down in Goleta yesterday morning - just knocked over some fences and trees.
He said they were trying to put across that a mandatory evac order during a fire is bad enough. Now they mean seriously, gtho of your house tomorrow morning, we’re not foolin’. This ain’t no joke.
Thanks ...that looks real.
But the soil has been primed and is ready to move ...won't take that much .
Wow... didn’t know about a tornado in Goleta! Daughter lives in Santa Barbara area...
Light rain right now in Eagle Rock.
I thought they were evacuating the entire town of Acton...but it seems to me they are talking about the houses East of the wash.
lol.. I setup twitter and have never used it since.
Good luck down there. That is a lot of rain..
Cloudy down here and I hear some wind howling a bit...
What are you getting out that way this late morning.?
That cell might have passed right over my head .
Looks like rain will happen shortly...but Lainie will see it heavier than us.
It has stopped raining for the moment but we know that is just a trick to lure us out to lament a soggy garden and when we’re not looking it pours on us again. We have had 2.9” in the 72 hours ending at 7AM and another .3” since and it is ominously black across Humboldt Bay to the west. We are still about 1.5” short of normal yearly rainfall...
really? nah.. those yellows and reds always break up trying to get over the mountains and/or through the ... Escondido? pass. Whatever the 14 goes through.
Twitterers are saying the Station Fire burn area is to expect severe weather at 2:30 PM PST
I-5 at the Grapevine is now closed.
I heard a broadcast go out on LA County Fire saying the same thing...strong band of showers at 230pm in Station Fire burn area...
now they cancelled 230pm and issued 500pm....
they are looking at some type of weather box.....so....they are guessing..
maybe they hired Ontario Weather Service dude...
1.6 last 24 hours, grand total since sunday.. 4.3 or so..
the area we live in is usually the lowest or gets the least rainfall so we done good so far..
We are getting some lighting, wind wind and more wind and the skys are black but no rain. The temp is dropping, the hills around us are covered in snow.
How about you?
Burbank Airport has had a rough day...
first two Southwest 737s hit by lightening, now a plane icing up and circling around to melt it off.
I know that is pretty wet for your area. My sister in FResno doesn’t even own a rain gauge...
I got a bumper crop of weeds but now the wind and rain has knocked ‘em all down. I need a rent a goat.
local warning.. Tornado warning
Santa Clara County ‘til 230 PM down Morgan Hill way, south of San Jose.
hail, heavy rain activity, band of thunderstorms passing thru
Damn, Looks like Soggy City Estates at this rate. your forecast looks wet too.
Another possible waterspout heading for Hermosa Beach.
Be thankful you don’t live in Oregon. The State would declare it “wetlands” and you wouldn’t be able to go near it. On second thought, are there any delta smelt in there?
Getting heavy rain now...very steady!
I just checked the stats on the California storm so far this week and the highest wind and wave readings were not affected yesterday or today. Obviously the big story yesterday was the tornadoes; today it is the snow, with several ski resorts reporting in with more than 4 feet of snow already. The breakdown is shown below. But the big story the next few days will be storm surge (which is rare there) and low pressure (it'll probably make your ears pop).
The lowest pressure ever measured in the state is 28.85" Hg according to Chris Burt, author of Extreme Weather. As of this hour, the pressure is already 28.92" at Crescent City in the northernmost part of the state (and 28.88 on the Oregon coast). But tomorrow night is when the big storm swings in further south, and if you believe the NMM forecast model, it will be 28.80" on the central coast, breaking the all-time record (in other words, a stronger storm has not hit the state in recorded history!).
Click the pic to see more records.
Rain let up for a bit,...but just started up heavily with wind....