Storm hits Southern California, stronger conditions expected later in the day – Orange County Register

A strong storm system continued to drop buckets of rain on southern California early Tuesday, January 10, and continued to hit a region already hampered by flooding and debris flows.

Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties were hit particularly hard on Monday, with areas in the San Fernando Valley recording some of the highest rainfall levels in the entire region.

According to the National Weather Service, Porter Ranch had seen more than 6 inches of rainfall for the past 48 hours as of 4 a.m. Woodland Hills was a little under six inches.

In the San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra reported nearly five inches of rainfall and Pasadena had collected four inches, the NWS said.

Areas in the San Bernardino Mountains also saw high rainfall levels: As of 5:45 a.m., Lytle Creek had more than five inches, according to NWS data. At lower elevations, more than two inches of precipitation fell in Cucamonga Canyon and Glen Helen Regional Park.

In Orange County, Brea led by an inch and a half, but most areas in the county were still raining under an inch early Tuesday morning.

Flooding led to further closures along roads. Caltrans closed the Imperial Highway on-ramp to the northbound Freeway 57 due to flooding. The Pacific Coast Highway between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street was also closed for the second time in the past week due to flooding.

The LA Metro Gold Line service was suspended from Southwest Station to South Pasadena Station because of debris on the tracks that needed repairs, officials said. Bus shuttles ran between the two stations.

In Chatsworth, a large fox hole in the 11400 block of Iverson Road near the 118 Freeway resulted in a rope rescue of two people by City of Los Angeles firefighters just before 8:50 p.m. Monday. Both people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Flood warnings were in effect for most of Los Angeles and Orange counties through Tuesday night.

The City of Duarte again issued a “yellow alert” for residents near the Fish Fire fire area through 6 p.m. Tuesday and restricted parking on Mel Canyon Road and Deerlane Road, city officials said.

On Monday, officials closed Topanga Canyon Road between the Pacific Coast Highway and the Mulholland Highway due to mudslides and fallen trees. A previous closure of the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley was upgraded to a right-hand lane closure early Tuesday morning.

President Joe Biden issued an emergency statement Monday in support of storm response and relief efforts in various counties, including some in Southern California.

The brunt of Tuesday’s storm may be felt in San Bernardino County, where two to four inches of precipitation and four to eight inches could fall in the mountains.

Most Los Angeles County areas could see two to four inches of rainfall with more than 10 inches in the mountains, and Orange County could see an inch or two with two to four inches in the Santa Ana Mountains, weather forecasters said.

Snow levels could fall as high as 6,000 feet on Tuesday, forecasters said.

https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/10/southern-california-battered-by-storm-stronger-conditions-expected-later-today/ Storm hits Southern California, stronger conditions expected later in the day – Orange County Register

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