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 .
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