The first major El Niño storm of the season slammed into Southern California on Tuesday, bringing heavy downpours that closed some roads and jammed commutes.
Tuesday brought the most rain Los Angeles has seen in a single day in 2015 except for one day -- Sept. 15, when the remnants of Hurricane Linda washed ashore, said Bill Patzert, climatologist with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.
"This is not a bashful El Niño. This is a brash El Niño," Patzert said. "Definitely, it’s impressive."
County officials recommend that beach users do not get in the water for at least three days after significant rainfall, especially near flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers.
Coming after days of rain that washed away hillsides and flooded freeways, damage from the next El Niño storm,hitting Southern California on Thursday, will be focused on the coastline, the National Weather Service said.