Rainy storm disrupts road, air traffic in Los Angeles

Published on : Monday, January 9, 2017

rainy-storm-disrupts-roadMorning commuters in Los Angeles struggled with wet roadways as a storm system that triggered mudslides drenched California’s Central Coast on Sunday.

Authorities in Santa Barbara County have been anticipating heavy rain and flash flooding.


The sites of recent fires, such as the Rey and Sherpa fires, could also see debris flows, emergency officials warned. At the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, heavy rain late Sunday reduced visibility from 10 miles to 2 miles, according to the weather service.

Heavy rain caused flooding in parts of L.A. and prompted at least one water rescue attempt in the Dominguez Channel in Gardena on Monday morning. Firefighters searched for a missing man for more than two hours after his girlfriend was rescued from the water.


Authorities later called off the search and reclassified the case as a missing-persons investigation.
The storm hit Ventura County after midnight before arriving in L.A., where about an inch of rain could fall, forecasters said. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties were each expected to get up to three inches.

Wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph were forecast for the Antelope Valley and Central Coast. A flash flood watch in burn areas in Los Angeles County was cancelled around 7 a.m., the National Weather Service said.

Flooding forced the closure of Highway 1 north of Guadalupe, and a mudslide forced the closure of the highway south of Big Sur from Ragged Point to Lucia, according to Caltrans. Flooding was reported across various roads in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria.

After a brief lull, another storm is expected to roll through the Southland on Tuesday night and Wednesday, delivering up to half an inch of rain. That system will bring the potential for snowfall above 6,000 feet. A third storm late Thursday could bring snow as low as 4,000 feet and affect the commute in mountain passes, including Interstate 5 at the Grapevine.

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