United States California, Los Angeles , storms, tornadoes, floods January 2016 latest update among casualties been affected of high surf and storm runoff shut down L.A. County beaches. Check out the weather forecast update today’s El Niño-fueled storm comes after days of rain washed away hillsides and flooded freeways.
National Weather Service officials say the latest storm will focus its damage on the coastline. The surf is high and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has closed county beaches through Friday because of storm runoff. They’ve also cautioned that conditions both in and near the water could be dangerous.
Officials have urged drivers to remain cautious this week and to keep be aware of the weather conditions before traveling.
The Los Angeles River has awakened.
The sheer breadth and speed of the water was disorienting, enough to make you lose your balance glancing back to solid land.
The river at its peak can move 146,000 cubic feet of water every second. The Colorado River, sculptor of the Grand Canyon, can’t do a quarter of that.
By far the big headline today will be the surf [with] 10- to 15-foot sets over west-facing beaches in L.A. and Ventura counties. We don’t normally do surf warnings unless it’s over 15 feet. It’s going to be very strong. With some winds, it could cause erosion.”
Lighting up Long Beach
Looks like more of the same
This could slow you down
I-5 in Sun Valley: All lanes open
Coffee, warm clothes and soup
That’ll leave a mark
In 2014, Times reporter Teresa Watanabe talked to weather experts about why Californians are at less risk for being struck by lightning than people in many other states. We are revisiting these details from our archives as the skies in parts of Southern California light up with electrical bolts.
The chances of lightning striking a person in California are 1 in 7.5 million. Montana residents have among the highest chances at 1 in about 250,000, but Florida is the “nation’s lightning champion” with 31 recorded incidents in 2011.
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Don’t go there
A Southern California Edison worker died Wednesday evening while responding to a service call in Paramount, authorities said.
A spokeswoman for the company confirmed that the employee worked as a troubleman. Such workers are deployed as first responders to outages and other incidents.
Neighbors told KCBS-TV Channel 2 that the man had arrived after a power outage in the area and that he climbed the pole himself before apparently slipping.
Follow that trash can!
Two tornadoes hit California on Wednesday as a storm system brought heavy rains, hail and snow, according to preliminary reports compiled by the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.
A tornado touched down about 1 p.m. just south of San Clemente near the border between Orange and San Diego counties. At least one home suffered damage.
Earlier in the day, about 8:50 a.m., a tornado touched down about 7 miles north of Hollister in the Central Coast.
The tornado was classified as EF-0, the weakest level of tornado intensity, and left some structures damaged along a one-mile path, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service reported winds as high as 62 mph today in the Malibu Hills.
Here are the rainfall totals for selected parts of Southern California and the Central Coast for the last 24 hours, as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
San Gabriel Dam (Angeles National Forest): 3.51 inches
Saticoy: 2.17 inches
Mt. Baldy: 2.03 inches
Los Angeles International Airport: 1.18 inches
Beverly Hills: 0.89 inch
Northridge: 1.20 inches
Burbank: 0.75 inch
Palmdale: 0.33 inch
Santa Monica: 0.33 inch
Simi Valley: 0.98 inch
Long Beach: 0.37 inch
Wrightwood saw snowfall of 4 inches while Big Bear Lake received 13 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
Measurements in Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties were taken as of 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Newport Beach: 0.46 inches
Dana Point: 0.12 inches
San Diego: 1.12 inches
San Bernardino: 0.21 inches
Hemet: 1.70 inches
Palm Springs: 0.75 inches
Look out for high surf
L.A. River: Now and then
Debris and mudflow late in the afternoon in Santa Clarita, where the Calgrove Fire had burned through more than 400 acres, prompted Los Angeles County fire officials to evacuate residents of 10 mobile homes.
The American Red Cross set up a shelter at City of Santa Clarita Newhall Community Center at 22421 Market St., said Ken Kondo, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management.
Rain respites — and hard work — kept 101 Freeway near Solimar burn area open
Periodic respites in the rain Wednesday morning likely prevented full closures of the 101 Freeway in the Solimar burn area in Ventura County, Caltrans workers said. Officials have warned that the area is at high risk of mudslides and flooding after fires last month.
Only one lane in each direction was closed in the area Wednesday.
Heavy morning rains overwhelmed concrete drains, called “V ditches,” and sent mud sliding down canyons and across the freeway, said a Caltrans worker whose face was red and whose white hardhat was dotted with rain.
Once the mud ran across the freeway, it migrated a quarter mile and overwhelmed another drain, he said. That part held because of a ditch workers had put in Tuesday that was covered in plastic and lined with sand bags, the worker said. Without that help, more lanes might have needed to be closed, he said.
The air in the area still smelled of smoke from the recent fire, and a nearby hill was charred and muddy.
“This is only the beginning,” the worker said, eyeing the scorched hill.
Los Angeles River: An actual river, thanks to the rain
El Niño rains have made the Los Angeles River, usually just a trickle, into an actual, roaring river.
Check out this photo slider to compare images of the river before and after the rain.
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