3 dead and millions under flood warnings

3 dead and millions under flood warnings

Rain is still falling in the San Diego area on Tuesday

The rain that has battered Southern California and San Diego won’t end when drivers go to work tomorrow, forecasters said.

“Tomorrow Tuesday, especially during the flight, it will still be raining. The storm is not over Tuesday afternoon,” National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Tardy said in a video update this afternoon.

Thunderstorms may be possible, and rain will fall intermittently in the area through Thursday, Tardy said.

San Onofre Beach in northern San Diego County, closest to Los Angeles, received 4 inches of rain over two days, the weather service said. Oceanside got just over 2 inches. Rainfall totals in San Diego through Tuesday night could reach 2 inches, according to the weather service.

More than 250,000 customers are without power in California

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Although rain eased in some parts of California, more than 250,000 customers in the state remained without power tonight, according to tracking website poweroutage.us.

Many of them were in Northern California and near the San Francisco Bay Area as of 8 p.m. Earlier in the day, about 350,000 customers were reported to be without power. The customers are the number of homes and businesses, not the same number of people affected.

Pacific Gas & Electric called the storm, in terms of the number of outages, among the most damaging weather events on record in a single day. The company said strong winds toppled trees or threw other objects onto power lines. She said she has about 3,000 people working on restoration efforts.

Firefighters rescue a woman in San Bernardino

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Firefighters rescued a woman from a homeless camp who became surrounded by floodwaters in the Santa Ana River during a rainstorm in San Bernardino today.

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Parts of Los Angeles received more than 11 inches of rain

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Just over 11 inches of rain had fallen in the Bel Air area of ​​Los Angeles as of this afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

Sepulveda Canyon received more than 11 inches of rain as of 4:30 p.m. local time, as did part of Topanga, the weather service said.

The Meteorological Service said in a statement that downtown Los Angeles witnessed more than 7 inches of rain, while rain in Beverly Hills reached about 8 inches.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, winds battered the area over the weekend. The top wind report at Pablo Point was 102 mph. Point Reyes, north of San Francisco, recorded a wind speed of 89 mph, the area weather service said.

Santa Barbara Airport reopens after floods

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Santa Barbara Airport reopened earlier today, after “significant flooding” occurred at the airport. He added that the airport resumed its normal operations at one o’clock in the afternoon local time.

The National Weather Service said the flood warning remained in effect until 12:45 p.m. The agency said that locally moderate and heavy rains may return there this evening.

A flood watch was in place until 4pm tomorrow.

Risk of additional landslides in Los Angeles remains ‘very high’

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Even if the rain appears to have slowed after 6 to 11 inches fell in the Los Angeles area, it would take very little to cause additional mudslides and other debris flows, a National Weather Service meteorologist warned this evening.

Ariel Cohen, a meteorologist in charge of the Weather Service’s Los Angeles office, said the storms were historic and that it was “one of the wettest storm systems to impact the greater Los Angeles area since the history of weather records has been recorded.” It dates back to the 1870s.”

Light to moderate rain will continue to intermittently affect the Los Angeles area over the next few hours, Cohen said in a news conference around 5:30 p.m.

“The ground is so saturated — oversaturated. It’s unable to hold any additional water before sliding,” Cohen said. “It wouldn’t take much rain to cause more landslides, mudslides, rockslides and other debris flows.”

“The risk of additional landslides remains very high, and everyone must remain in a high state of preparedness as we head through the overnight hours,” he said.

Biden tells Los Angeles by phone: ‘We’ll get any help on the way as soon as you guys ask for it’

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In a phone call during a news conference in Los Angeles tonight, President Joe Biden said the federal government will provide any assistance needed in the wake of a major storm that caused mudslides.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass held the phone up to the microphone during the press conference that began before the call.

“We will get any help on the way as soon as you guys ask for it,” Biden said. “So just tell me. That’s why I’m calling.”

Biden said he just spoke with California Governor Gavin Newsom. Biden said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is well-placed to provide assistance.

Bass previously said she also spoke with Vice President Kamala Harris, who represented California in the Senate.

“Tough day,” says Los Angeles mayor.

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Storms that hit Los Angeles and caused mudslides affected people across the city, including about 100 homeless people living in a tiny home community, the mayor said.

Mayor Karen Bass said people in this flooded community were taken to a nearby shelter.

Los Angeles Fire Chief Christine Crowley said this evening that there were more than 120 mudslides and debris flows in the city due to rain that soaked hillsides. She added that between 6 and 11 inches of rain fell on the area.

“As this storm continues, there are many flooded hillsides that have the potential to slide,” Crowley said.

Some homeowners were devastated by damage from mudslides, Bass said. “This has been a tough day for our city, and a tough day for Angelenos,” she said.

She added that people should stay off the roads and that the weather situation is not over yet.

Firefighters airlift the man who jumped into the flowing river to save his dog

Return of rain extends flood warnings for Ventura, Los Angeles counties

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The return of precipitation to parts of Southern California, which had already received heavy rainfall, led to extended flood warnings in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service office in the area said on X that flood warnings had been extended until 9 p.m. local time.

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