LOCAL CALIFORNIA

The strongest storm to hit Southern California in several years has brought torrential rain, flash flooding and powerful winds to the area.

  • The storm broke rain records at several locations.
  • An estimated 50,000 Los Angeles residents are without power after winds took down trees and utility lines.
  • Amtrak suspended service between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles because of mudslides in the Santa Barbara area.

Amtrak suspends service between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo

Amtrak suspended passenger train service on its Pacific Surfliner route between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo on Saturday morning because of mudslides in the Santa Barbara area.

With heavy rain threatening to send water, mud and debris onto tracks, railroad operators were conducting inspections to make sure it was safe to travel, said Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Justin Jacobs.

There is no alternate Amtrak service between L.A. and San Luis Obispo, and around 3 p.m. Saturday, Jacobs said Union Pacific hoped service would resume Saturday evening.

An Amtrak press release directed passengers to the company's website for its refund and exchange policy .

For the Record

11:56 a.m. Feb. 20: This article has been changed to attribute the news of railroad operators' track inspections and the effect on rail service to Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Justin Jacobs, not Amtrak spokeswoman Chelsea Kopta, as an earlier version of the article said.

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