Stormy Weather LA

02/28/2014 12:27 pm0 commentsViews: 11

LOS ANGELES

Puddle Jumpers/ Sunset Boulevard.

Puddle Jumpers/ Sunset Boulevard.

Heavy rain was falling amid high winds this morning, and even more
severe weather was expected before the storm clears out. In the meantime, the
powerful Pacific low-pressure system — the region’s strongest storm in about
three years — will move slowly through the region through Sunday, National
Weather Service forecasters said.
Rainfall totals through Sunday are expected to be 2-3 inches near the
coast and 5-8 inches along coastal mountain slopes, they said.
“Widespread moderate to heavy rainfall today will increase the
possibility for flash flooding, especially on coastal mountain slopes, near and
downstream,” according to an NWS advisory.
A flash flood watch was in force through Saturday evening in the San
Gabriel Valley. The NWS also issued a high surf advisory for the L-A County
coast until 5 p.m. Sunday and for the Orange County coast until 4 a.m. Monday.
Warnings of coastal flooding also were issued in both counties, as were wind
advisories and wind warnings.
Wind gusts in local mountains, including both the San Gabriel and Santa
Monica mountains, are expected to reach 60 and 70 miles per hours, according to
NWS forecasters, and the NWS warned motorists to guard against broken tree
limbs and other debris.
Some huge wind gusts were reported in Los Angeles County this morning –
80 mph at Camp Nine and 78 mph at Chilao in the San Gabriel Mountains. Near
the Antelope Valley, a 71-mph gust was recorded in Acton.
As the storm was approaching the region Thursday before its evening
arrival, Glendora and Azusa imposed mandatory evacuation orders for residents
near the Colby Fire burn area because of fears of possible debris and mud
flows.
In Glendora, the order affected residents in an area north of Sierra
Madre Avenue. In Azusa, the orders affected residents on Ridge View Drive.
Residents of both cities were advised that they could use a newly establish
evacuation center at the Crowther Teen & Family Center at 241 W. Dawson Ave. In
all, more than 1,000 homes were subject to evacuation orders.
Azusa police said that although there were no evacuations ordered for
the Mountain Cove community, residents were being urged to take precautionary
measures, including voluntary evacuations.
“Many deaths occur during a landslide when people are sleeping,”
according to Azusa police.
Inmates were used yesterday to fill sandbags at the Glendora City Yard
on Loraine Avenue. The inmates, normally assigned to the L.A. County Jail Fire
Camp Training Facility, are doing storm duty work as part of the Prisoner
Assistance Community Enhancement Program, which uses non-violent offenders to
assist in public service projects.
Due to potential mud and debris flows, the Los Angeles County Public
Works Department has announced the following road closures:
– Old San Gabriel Canyon Road from the Azusa city boundary to the
Angeles National Forest;
– Glendora Mountain Road from Big Dalton Road to East Fork Road in the
Angeles National Forest; and
– Glendora Ridge Road from Mount Baldy to Glendora Mountain Road, also
in the Angeles National Forest.
Bouquet Canyon Road was scheduled to be closed in Agua Dulce today from
Big Oaks Lodge to two miles north of Vasquez Canyon Road.
The roads will remain closed until the storm system has passed and the
roads have been inspected.
Of special concern for the possibility of flash flooding, according to
National Weather Service forecasters, are the sites of the 1,952-acre Colby
Fire in the hills above Glendora and Azusa in January, the 250-acre Madre Fire
in the Angeles National Forest, also in January, the 125-acre Madison Fire in
the Monrovia area in April , the 22-242-acre Powerhouse Fire in the Angeles
National Forest in June and the 28,000-acre Springs Fire in Ventura County in
May.

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