Mike Thompson

The big one — a major storm — slams California

The big one — a major storm — slams California

Good morning. It’s Monday, Jan. 23, and here’s what is happening across California:


The big one

Forecasters had predicted this storm would be the strongest in several years, and it didn’t disappoint. While earlier storms produced periods of heavy showers, this one delivered several hours of sustained pounding rain, with damaging results. Coastal areas of Los Angeles County were among the hardest hit, with Long Beach Airport setting a new all-time rainfall record, 3.87 inches. Since Oct. 1, downtown L.A. has received more than 13 inches of rain — 216% of normal rainfall for this...