Live updates: Strongest storm in years moves through L.A. area
The strongest storm to hit Southern California in several years has brought torrential rain, flash flooding and powerful winds to the area.
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Police rescue three from Santa Ana River, find one drowning victim in Thousand Oaks
Santa Ana police officers rescued a mother and her 8-year-old child after they fell into the Santa Ana River on Saturday afternoon, as well as a man who had jumped in to try and save them, police said.
Police were called around 12:30 p.m. to the area of the riverbed by 1st Street, which had filled after the weekend’s powerful storm. They saw three people in the middle of the water, Santa Ana police said in a statement. Four officers jumped in and rescued them.
The mother and child were transported to a hospital as a precaution, and the man was treated at the scene.
At the Arroyo Conejo creek in Thousand Oaks, law enforcement officers rescued three men on Friday afternoon who had to scramble to higher ground when water began filling up the arroyo, Ventura County Sheriff’s Det. Tim Lohman said.
Someone near the tennis courts in the park above the arroyo saw the men and called police around 2:45 p.m., Lohman said. Officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Department, the Ventura County Fire Department and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department search-and-rescue and aviation units rescued the three men shortly thereafter, Lohman said.
“During the interview with the subjects, we found out that a fourth person was with them who was swept away by the current in the arroyo,” Lohman said.
They searched for the fourth man, in his 20s, until about 8:30 p.m., when they called off the hunt because of weather conditions. Sheriff’s aviation officers resumed the search Saturday, and located a man in the river bottom around 8:45 a.m.; they recovered his body around 11:30 a.m., Lohman said.
Law enforcement officials are not identifying the man until his family is notified, Lohman said.
The area is a common hiking spot, but it’s closed during extreme weather.
“My only guess ... is that they were down in the arroyo, but what ended up happening is that the water surged so much it made it difficult to get out,” Lohman said. “And once the water began to rise it made it difficult for them to get out safely.”
Lohman’s advice to hikers is to stay away from moving water, and remember that the trails in Conejo Park are closed during heavy rain.
“When we have two days of rain like we did ... these rivers or washes or arroyos are unpredictable,” Lohman said. “This swift water can carry somebody away or sweep them off their feet if they get close enough.”
50,000 L.A. residents are still without power, and Amtrak is expected to resume service Saturday night
Utility crews were still working to restore power to about 50,000 Los Angeles residents as of 2 p.m. Saturday.
“There was a lot of wind, there was a lot of downed wires and that kind of operation does take time, ”said L.A. Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Kim Hughes. “We’re working as quickly ... as possible, with safety in mind.”
More than 82,000 LADWP customers were without power when the storm was at its worst on Friday afternoon, according to an LADWP statement. The department expects most of the remaining customers to get their power back in the next 12 to 24 hours, the statement says.
Meanwhile, Amtrak may resume service between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles on Saturday night after the route was closed Saturday morning.
“Due to mudslides and other weather related factors, we have crews out there now removing debris from the tracks,” Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Justin Jacobs said in an email. “We will follow up with inspections once debris removal is complete to ensure they are safe to resume operations and then hope to restore service. “
Excessive rain and a possible sewer failure probably caused the Studio City sinkhole
A Studio City sinkhole that two cars fell into Friday night “was probably caused by a combination of excessive rain and a possible sewer failure,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles Department of Public Works.
The bureaus of Sanitation, Engineering and Contract Administration removed the cars overnight and started stabilizing the sinkhole on Woodbridge Street at Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
Crews are “working to shore up the sinkhole in order to remove debris, assess the situation, and determine next steps,” according to the statement. The repairs may take several days.
The city advises drivers to avoid the area. The following roads are still closed:
- Laurel Canyon Boulevard, between Moorpark Street and Valley Spring Lane
- Woodbridge Street, east of Laurel Canyon
According to an account on the LAFD website, firefighters arrived at the sinkhole and found one car upside down in rushing water. The occupant, a 48-year-old woman, was standing on the car about 10 feet below street level.
Firefighters lowered a 20-foot ladder to her, allowing her to climb out, and took her to a hospital in fair condition. En route, she said that while she was driving, she felt the car pitch to the left, then it tumbled into the sinkhole. The airbags deployed, water started coming in and she tried to raise the windows. She was able to open the door and climb on top of the car, where she screamed for help.
She said she thought she was going to die. Then she heard the firefighters yell back to her.
The driver of the second vehicle was able to escape uninjured before it fell.
California 138 in San Bernardino County is closed as Caltrans cleans flood debris
The westbound lanes of California 138 are closed for about 11 miles from the Cajon Pass to California 2 in Pinon Hills, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The eastbound side of Highway 138 is closed from Wagon Train Road, near the Cajon Pass, about nine miles to Summit Valley Road.
Eastbound lanes could open Sunday, although it’s unknown when westbound lanes will open, a CHP official said.
Cleanup contines in Duarte under the watchful eye of a curious Chihuahua
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.
Some Duarte residents stayed home despite evacuation orders
Mike Shane started hearing the mud flow down his street on Opal Canyon Road in Duarte on Friday night.
“It sounded like a rushing river,” he said.
But he never considered leaving his home, despite the city’s evacuation orders. He’s lived in the area 17 years and has seen his share of mudslides, he said.
“There’s no need to go,” said Shane as he stood in front of his house Saturday morning and watched trucks scoop up the thin layer of mud that lined his sidewalk. “I want to be here with my house and dog.”
Shane’s neighbor Rochelle Carpio, standing next to him in white and pink pajamas, nodded in agreement.
Carpio and her husband, Yvan, said this storm wasn’t as bad as previous ones but that in general they usually don’t listen to evacuation orders.
The Carpio family dids, however, have an escape car packed with their 4-month-old baby’s essentials and emergency food in case they had to leave immediately.
They said their property was undamaged.
About a block away, Cecilia Cruz was bent over her flowers, lifted the sandbags that had guarded them from Friday’s rains. Her hands and shoes were covered in thick mud as she worked.
Cruz went outside at 7:30 a.m., and didn’t find any damage to her house. Previous mudslides in recent weeks have been worse, said Cruz, who has lived in the area for eight years.
“The tractors do a good job and are able to remove the mud,” she said, pointing to the layer that covered her driveway.
Evacuation orders have now been lifted in Duarte.
Portion of southbound 15 Freeway collapses in the Cajon Pass
A portion of the right lane and shoulder of the southbound 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass collapsed, taking a fire engine with it.
Two right lanes of the southbound 15 Freeway remain closed near Highway 138 on Saturday after a portion of the roadway collapsed Friday night, sending a fire engine toppling into a creek below.
A crew of three was aboard the engine driving in the right lane around 8:30 p.m. Friday night when they felt the engine’s back tires sinking into the road, said San Bernardino County Fire Capt. Mike McClintock. They evacuated through the driver’s side of the fire engine before the road gave way, taking the truck with it.
The engine was still running and its emergency lights were on as it fell, McClintock said.
The firefighters were transported to a hospital as a precaution, he said, but none were seriously injured.
9:49 a.m.: This post was updated with information from San Bernardino fire and California Highway Patrol officials.
Evacuation orders lifted in Duarte
After a tense day and night of rain and mudflows, the evacuations ordered in the hillside neighborhoods of Duarte have been lifted.
The area saw some mudslides, but there were no reports of major property damage.
5 Freeway in Sun Valley reopens after flooding subsides
All lanes of the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley are now open after heavy flooding caused a shutdown through early Saturday morning, California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Nicholson said.
The freeway had been closed since late Friday afternoon from Lankershim Boulevard to Sheldon Street.
Crews are still cleaning the remnants of a mudslide on the 210 Freeway in Altadena after heavy rains Friday night.
The mudslide was reported at 5:49 p.m. Friday night, Nicholson said. The Wheatland Avenue entrance and exit ramps were closed, but expected to reopen around 9 a.m, Nicholson said.
Monster storm breaks rain records at several Southern California locations
Santa Barbara Airport, Long Beach and Lancaster were among the places that set new records for the day:
More than 85,000 in Southern California still without power from storm
Utility crews were working to restore power to residents who have lost service during the storm
This morning, the L.A. Department of Water and Power said 57,318 customers were still without power. Southern California Edison said 28,000 customers still didn’t have electricity.
Abandoned cars sit on the flooded 5 Freeway in Sun Valley
Abandoned cars sit on the flooded 5 Freeway by Lankershim Boulevard in Sun Valley.
Some mighty trees were no match for those winds
From San Diego to Westwood, mighty trees were falling Friday as the storm brought winds that at times topped 80 mph.
All lanes of the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley still closed
Flooding has closed all lanes of the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley from Lankershim Boulevard to Sheldon Street. Alternate route: Highway 170.
All lanes reopen on 110 Freeway in South L.A.
All lanes of the 110 Freeway have reopened in South Los Angeles.
The 110 Freeway flooded Friday at 51st Street, prompting the closure.
3:32 a.m.: This article was updated with details that all lanes of the 110 Freeway are now open.
Firetruck takes a tumble in the Cajon Pass
A lane on Interstate 15 failed at the Cajon Pass on Friday night, leaving a fire engine dangling over the side of the road. Officials said all firefighters got out safely, but the engine eventually went over the side.
Crews working through the night to restore power, but thousands remain in the dark
Utility crews will work through the night to restore power to 78,200 customers affected by outages, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported late Friday.
Because of the high number of incidents and the intense wind and rain expected to continue through the night, DWP staffers estimate restoration will take 12 to 24 hours, maybe longer for some customers.
Below are the hardest-hit areas, followed by the number of customers without power, as of 10 p.m. Friday:
Chinatown: 2,290 customers
Boyle Heights: 890 customers
East Hollywood: 6,000 customers
Mid-Wilshire: 3,600 customers
Sherman Oaks: 2,600 customers
Larchmont: 3,200 customers
Green Meadows: 4,400 customers
Vermont/Slauson: 2,244 customers
Arlington Heights: 1,871 customers
Harvard Heights: 1,797 customers
Reseda: 3,000 customers
Van Nuys: 3,800 customers
Palms: 3,400 customers
Del Rey: 3,400 customers
Koreatown: 3,500 customers
Hollywood: 1,422 customers
The DWP urged customers to use caution around downed or dangling power lines or poles. If you see a downed wire, always assume it is live and immediately dial 911. Never touch a downed power line or anything that’s touching a downed power line, including water.
Sinkhole swallows two cars in Studio City
Two cars dropped into a 20-foot sinkhole off Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City on Friday night, authorities said.
According to an account on the LAFD website, firefighters arrived at the sinkhole and found one car upside down in rushing water. The occupant, a 48-year-old woman, was standing on the car about 10 feet below street level.
Firefighters lowered a 20-foot ladder to her, allowing her to climb out, and took her to a hospital in fair condition. En route, she said that while she was driving, she felt the car pitch to the left, then it tumbled into the sinkhole. The airbags deployed, water started coming in, and she tried to raise the windows. She was able to open the door and climb on top of the car, where she screamed for help.
She said she thought she was going to die. Then she heard the firefighters yell back to her.
The driver of the second vehicle was able to escape uninjured before it fell. Both vehicles are expected to be removed Saturday.
Meanwhile, a fire truck was left teetering off the edge of a highway in the Cajon Pass on Friday night when another roadway collapsed. The truck, perched on the side of Highway 15, wound up falling off the highway a while later, but no one was injured, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
Body found in submerged vehicle in Victorville
A swift-water rescue in Victorville ended in the recovery of a body from a submerged vehicle, the San Bernardino Fire Department said.
Authorities were called to Pebble Beach and La Paz drives for a report of vehicles swept downstream, the Fire Department tweeted.
Authorities rescued one person from the top of a partially submerged vehicle. A rescue team then entered a vehicle under the water and found a person dead inside.
The person wasn’t immediately identified, and there was no word on the precise cause of death.
Duarte residents look on as mud and rock flows down street; no apparent damage to homes
Austin Fuentes and his mother Susan decided to stay at home on Melcanyon Road in Duarte, which turned out to be directly in the path of a mudslide.
By the early evening they started hearing ominous sounds outside their front door.
“When we started getting heavy rain ... you hear rocks tumbling and water rushing,” he said.
Fuentes’ father and grandparents evacuated and are staying at a hotel tonight.
“My grandparents have heart issues and we felt it was safer for both of them not to be here,” Fuentes said.
The cycle of fire, rain and mudslides is nothing new to residents in the foothill neighborhoods. So far, there did not appear to be any serious damage to homes as a result of the latest flow.
“We’re just crossing our fingers we don’t have to clean up much more mud,” Fuentes said.
Tree slices through house in San Diego
Storm sends mud, rock and other debris flowing down Duarte streets
As heavy rain pounded the foothill community of Duarte on Friday night, mud and rock began slowly coming down Melcanyon Road and Deerlane Drive.
By 7 p.m., the street adjacent to Valley View Elementary School was overflowing with mud, rock and other debris. Homes that lined the street appeared to be unharmed by the slow-moving mudslide thanks to concrete and wood barriers that the city erected after fires made the area vulnerable.
Flooding shuts down 5 Freeway in San Fernando Valley and 110 Freeway in South L.A.
Flooding shut down the 5 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley and the 110 in South Los Angeles on Friday, forcing rush hour motorists to seek alternatives to the two transit arteries.
Water pooled more than 2½ feet deep on both sides of the 5 in Sun Valley. The flooding stopped traffic in both directions, just south of the 170 Freeway, said Officer Stephan Brandt of the California Highway Patrol.
“People were going through and getting stuck,” he said.
Television stations showed video of abandoned cars submerged to the top of their hoods in the middle of the freeway.
In the 8600 block of San Fernando Road, 10 vehicles were stuck in the water. More than a dozen firefighters had to rescue at least eight people trapped by the fast moving water, according to the city fire department.
Flooding also blocked traffic on the southbound 110 at Slauson Avenue and the northbound 110 at Vernon Avenue, Brandt said.
Video: Mudflow in the Sand fire burn area in Santa Clarita
Rain triggered a mudflow by a railroad crossing near Lost Canyon and Sand Canyon roads in Santa Clarita.
This video — shot by Jeffrey Bova near a railroad crossing by Lost Canyon and Sand Canyon roads — shows major mudflow Friday afternoon near the Sand fire burn scar in Santa Clarita.
Bova, a Santa Clairta resident and truck driver in the movie industry, said the video shows a support wire for an electrical pole sticking out of the muddy waters.
Union Station jammed; trains delayed by storm
Union Station has been hit hard by the storms.
Metrolink said many trains were being delayed for 30 minutes due to bad weather.
110 Freeway flooded; all lanes blocked at Slauson Avenue
Add the 110 to the traffic nightmare: All lanes blocked at Slauson Avenue in South L.A. due to flooding.
Tree smashes car in Alhambra
Downed power line kills man in Sherman Oaks
A 55-year-old man was shocked and killed by a downed power line on Friday in Sherman Oaks, police said.
The incident occurred just before 1 p.m. on Sepulveda Boulevard, just south of Burbank Boulevard. Police did not immediately identify the man.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to nearly 150 reports of downed wires between noon and 4 p.m. Authorities urged the public to stay away from power lines and avoid touching any person or thing that has come into contact with one.
Flood warning for large swath of L.A. County
The National Weather Service issued flood warning for a large swath of Los Angeles County including Long Beach, Lakewood, southeast L.A, the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys, Pasadena and Burbank. The alert lasts through 8 p.m.
Freeways and major roads flooded by rainwater
A powerful storm slammed into Southern California on Friday, creating a miserable evening commute.
Among the freeways and roads flooded:
- 101 Freeway at Seacliff in Ventura County
- 405/90 Freeway interchange in West L.A.
- 5 Freeway near Sheldon Street in Sun Valley
- Highway 33 in Ojai
- Portions of Highway 138 in Antelope Valley
Mudslides? Been there, done that, one Duarte teenager says
For 18-year-old Noah Renella, the threat of mudslides outside his home in Duarte has become too common to freak him out.
Renella lives with five other family members in a home across the street from Valley View Elementary School and said his house has been caught in the middle of recent mudslides.
Still, Renella said, he isn’t worried. Previous mudslides caused damage to his car, but he didn’t think this storm was strong enough to cause as much havoc.
Renella said that on Thursday night, police officers notified neighbors that their area would be under an evacuation order. But his family decided to stay put.
“The worst is over, it doesn’t seem too bad this time because we have barricades,” he said.
Tree down on Huntington Beach restaurant
Potentially the strongest storm to hit Southern California in years knocks out power to 50,000
A powerful storm with strong wind gusts caused widespread power outages, affecting more than 50,000 people on Friday afternoon.
Southern California Edison reported that about 22,500 customers were without power across its service area.
The utility said crews were working to restore power. They were also monitoring areas for fallen debris.
In Los Angeles, 28,000 customers were affected by power outages, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
“The most frequent causes of power outages during heavy rain storms are downed trees, dried palm fronds, tree branches from trees on both private and public property falling and making contact with power lines,” the department said. “This can result in extended outages as trees often need to be removed before our crews can begin restoration work.”
Nightmare L.A. commute as strong storm causes widespread road flooding
The storm was causing widespread flooding on roads and freeways across Southern California.
This was making for a nightmare afternoon commute, with many transition roads and off- and on-ramps flooded.
The 101 Freeway was closed in northern Ventura County.
The start of your commute home from downtown Los Angeles
16 college students evacuated after tree falls into apartment building near UCLA
More than a dozen college students were evacuated from an apartment building in Westwood on Friday afternoon after a 75-foot tree toppled onto the roof.
The incident occurred at 12:14 p.m. in the 600 block of South Kelton Avenue, said Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. No one was injured.
The large tree fell into the six-unit apartment building near UCLA and nearly hit a resident laying in bed, he said. The tree landed three inches from the resident.
Four units were deemed unsafe to live in, Scott said.
He said 16 college students were evacuated as a precaution.
Eight people people rescued from rain-swollen Sepulveda Basin
Eight people who were stranded in the Sepulveda Basin’s rain-swollen water were rescued by the Los Angeles Fire Department’s swift-water rescue team on Friday afternoon, officials said.
Three people were in the water and five others trapped in the basin just after 2 p.m., said Capt. Daniel Curry.
“We used a rope system to access them and an inflatable boat,” he said.
One person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Curry said he believed the group may have been homeless.
He urged people to remain home and to call 911 if they see downed power lines, knocked over by strong winds.
“This is a very strong storm,” he said. “It’s better for people to stay inside.”
Burbank Boulevard was closed between Hayvenhurst Avenue and the 405 Freeway.
Malibu-area beaches impacted by street closures; beach advisory issued
Several road closures were impacting Malibu-area beaches Friday afternoon as a massive rainstorm slammed into Southern California.
The entrance to Point Dume State Beach was closed, as was the Pacific Coast Highway underpass to Zuma Beach, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division. The Zuma Beach exit to Westward Beach Road was closed, as was Escondido Access Way at Pacific Coast Highway, officials said.
The county Department of Beaches and Harbors was distributing free filled sandbags Friday afternoon, at a limit of 10 per person, at multiple locations, including Will Rogers State Beach (near the Temescal Canyon entrance), three locations near Venice Beach, Dockweiler Beach, Manhattan Beach and Torrance Beach.
Health officials issued a beach-use advisory for all L.A. County beaches. Coastal visitors were cautioned to be careful when swimming, surfing and playing in ocean waters near discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers.
“Bacteria, debris, trash and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter ocean waters through these outlets,” Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county’s interim health officer, said in a statement.
Beach areas that were not near discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers are exempt from the advisory, which will be in effect until at least 2 p.m. Monday.
Video captures big storm surge at Newport Pier
With a powerful storm battering Southern California, lifeguards captured the storm surge moving into Newport Beach on video.
Officials have warned of coastal flooding and high surf due to the storm, forecast to be the strongest in years.
Some beaches have been closed.
Watch ‘explosive’ landslide the size of 3 football fields plummet down a San Bernardino County mountain
Surveillance video footage shows the moment a hillside in the San Bernardino County mountains crumbles, sending rocks and snow into a drainage area below.
San Bernardino County firefighters captured the moment a massive landslide the length of three football fields crumbled down the mountain on Thursday.
The 1:05-minute video shows a large swath of snow, rock, soil and timber slide off a San Bernardino County mountainside. The debris then traveled into a valley below.
The landslide is 300 yards wide and extends 1,000 feet from top to bottom in the Slide Canyon area, fire department spokesman Eric Sherwin said.
Sherwin said the landslide is threatening four homes and a fire station in the unincorporated community of Forest Falls. It also could impact Valley Of The Falls Drive — a major road for residents living in the area.
The blockage could trap a couple hundred residents for several days, he said.
When firefighters first discovered the landslide about 10 a.m. Thursday, Sherwin said, it was “explosive,” and chunks of debris were falling.
Although the landslide is now controlled, firefighters worry Friday’s storm could have an impact on the area.
Rain, wind hit Long Beach area
Keith Williams ties down his homeless camp along the L.A. River in Long Beach as rain and high winds batter the area.
Person may have been shocked after downed tree crushes power line
The Los Angeles Fire Department was responding to dozens of reports Friday of downed power lines, including one instance in which a person possibly suffered electric shock.
The incident occurred at 12:43 p.m. in the 5300 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, fire department spokesman Erik Scott.
Few details were available, but Scott said a large tree toppled onto power lines and landed on a vehicle.
It is unclear whether the victim was inside the vehicle, he said.
Firefighters turned off the power and cleared an area to rescue the victim, who was in serious condition and taken to a hospital, Scott said.
Strongest storm in years taking aim at Southern California
A storm that officials said could be the strongest in years moved into Southern California on Friday.
A storm that officials said could be the strongest in years moved into Southern California Friday.
Heavy rain caused mudslides, flooding and jammed roads by early afternoon, with the brunt of the storm still yet to hit the region. The 101 Freeway was closed in northern Ventura County due to flooding.
The storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches of rain on Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and 5 to 10 inches on south-facing foothills and coastal mountain slopes, according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood watch has been issued for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Friday morning through Saturday morning.
Much of that rainfall is expected to fall within a short time Friday afternoon and evening, with rain potentially falling at a rate of more than an inch an hour, forecasters said.
“The Friday morning commute is definitely going to be wet,” but the rain is just going to get heavier as the day progresses, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
“The afternoon commute is going to be a mess,” Hoxsie said. “Hopefully people can take a half day off. Being a Friday, I know a lot of people do that anyway. … The evening is shaping up to be nasty.”
The storm is likely the strongest to hit the region within the last six years, according to the weather service.
Wildfire burn scars in Duarte and Azusa are particularly vulnerable with this storm, she said.
The system also is bringing powerful southerly winds that will increase dramatically on Friday, with gusts up to 60 to 70 mph likely over high elevations in Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles counties, as well as the Channel Islands and Santa Catalina Island, according to the weather service. Damaging wind gusts are also possible in the Antelope Valley.
“It’s going to be blowing really well,” Hoxsie said. “We’re trying to tell folks, don’t just do your usual preparation for rain, but also, if you’ve got anything outside that could be moved into the garage, this would be the storm where you should do that.”
Snow levels are anticipated to be at 8,000 feet Friday night, lowering to 6,000 feet on Saturday, according to the weather service. Because of the heavy precipitation, 1 to 2 feet of snow could fall above 8,000 feet in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and 6 to 12 inches are possible above 6,000 feet.
Coastal waters will be dangerous Friday night and through the weekend, Hoxsie said. Swells of 6 to 9 feet are expected off the coast of Los Angeles County on Thursday, and the waves are expected to peak Saturday at 8 to 13 feet, she said.
After a brief respite Sunday, another storm system is expected to move into the region early next week, bringing several more days of rain, forecasters said.
“The storm door stays open for a while,” Hoxsie said.
The storm is part of a warm “atmospheric river.”
“It’s arriving now. It’s on our doorsteps,” meteorologist Kurt Kaplan said before 6 a.m. “It will be in Ventura in an hour…in Los Angeles probably during rush hour.”
The Central Coast was hit hard overnight, with some spots recorded we over an inch of rain.
Evacuation warnings have been issued for a swath of Santa Barbara County that was burned by the Shepa fire.
About 180 homes in Duarte were also under evacuation orders, again due to possible mudslides from area burned during brush fires.
Northbound 101 closed after mud washes over lanes north of Ventura
‘Move to higher ground!’ National Weather Service issues flash flood warning for parts of Santa Barbara County
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning until 3 p.m. for communities above the city of Santa Barbara.
The warning covers communities along the Gibraltar Reservoir, Old Man Mountain, the Santa Ynez River, Highway 154 near San Marcos Pass as well as areas scorched by the last year’s Rey fire.
The weather service advised residents to “Move to high ground!”
“A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring,” the weather service said in a statement. “If you are in the warned area, move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.”
Taking it all in
Knott’s Berry Farm closes amid stormy weather
The Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park in Buena Park closed Friday because of a powerful winter storm moving through Southern California that was expected to bring torrential rain and flooding to the region.
People who bought entry tickets for Friday may contact the park regarding refunds, Knott’s said in a statement.
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, meanwhile, remained open, though officials told the Orange County Register they were monitoring the situation.
Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia is open only on weekends in February.