Los Angeles Rain: Live blog

Los Angeles Rain: Live blog

Stay tuned to our live blog as we bring you the latest news and information on the two Los Angeles winter weather storms.

  • 2/28/2014 1:25:52 PM Jimmy Orr
    This is a good map. It depicts real-time rainfall data.    http://ladpw.org/wrd/precip/alert_rain/index.cfm?cont=1hr.cfm
  • The closure of PCH btwn Yerba Buena & Las Posas rds in Ventura Co. extended until midday, CHP said. Originally scheduled for 6A opening
  • 2/28/2014 1:29:17 PM Jimmy Orr
    Between 4 a.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday, most areas in Los Angeles County had seen half an inch or more of rain. In parts of Ventura County, the rain was heavier.
  • 2/28/2014 1:29:31 PM Amy.Hubbard
  • 2/28/2014 1:30:12 PM Jimmy Orr
    The strongest rain is expected later in the morning through the afternoon as a cold front makes landfall, producing more unstable weather
  • 2/28/2014 1:30:12 PM Amy.Hubbard
    A look at that LADPW map shows how much rain has fallen in Colby Fire area (below)
  • 2/28/2014 1:31:33 PM Jimmy Orr
    “We just went out and checked our bucket, and just since midnight we’ve had 1.33 inches, so it’s pretty crazy."  That from Kathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service in Oxnard
  • 2/28/2014 1:32:17 PM Jimmy Orr
    Up to 1,000 homes in the area affected by the Colby Fire in Azusa and Glendora are under a mandatory evacuation order amid fears that mud and debris could inundate their homes. The Glendora Police Department urged residents to leave, warning that they faced “injury and/or death.
  • 2/28/2014 1:34:00 PM Amy.Hubbard
    Where are the SigAlerts this morning?  Lots of green so far but keep an eye out

  • 2/28/2014 1:35:50 PM Jimmy Orr
    The good news is that the San Gabriel Mountain dams could get a major fill-up from this storm system. Although there is no danger the dams will be breached, officials are still warning of the possibility of mudslides in fire-ravaged areas.

  • Check out the structure of this storm! Dropping pressure into the 973mb range. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BhkHLDgCQAELOze.png

  • NOW: Heavy rains moving across region will get heavier, residents brace for mudslides lat.ms/1dIw7sv http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BhkJM0aCMAAblm1.png

  • 2/28/2014 1:41:26 PM Jimmy Orr
    We're starting off pretty good as you'll see.  As of 5:35, the L.A. freeway network is mostly green, but heavy rain likely to change that.  SLOW DOWN.

  • Sporadic wind gusts to 45 mph across SFV & LA Basin as well as Ventura Co. coast & valleys til 7am. More rain today!#LArain . @NWSLosAngeles :
  • 2/28/2014 1:43:34 PM Jimmy Orr
    The Los Angeles National Weather Service tells us that these two storm systems -- the last 2 days of February -- saved #DTLA from the being the driest Dec-Feb on record.
  • 2/28/2014 1:44:56 PM Amy.Hubbard
    It's coming down in Ventura County. National Weather Service warns residents there to be on the lookout for widespread "ponding" of water.
  • 2/28/2014 1:47:18 PM Jimmy Orr

    Why all the concern about mudslides?  --- > In 1969, massive mudslides that came after a wildfire the year before destroyed 200 homes and killed 34 people.

    The risk is greater now because there are 70% to 80% more structures in the danger zone than in 1969 and that 90% of the hillside vegetation was burned.

    Workers have been erecting barriers to direct the flow of any mud and debris that comes down from the Colby fire burn area. In Glendora, the vulnerable area is about a three-mile stretch from the city's western border to Loraine Avenue.

  • 2/28/2014 1:52:30 PM Amy.Hubbard

    A look at flooding past.  A pair of storms swept Southern California in 1938 -- the fifth largest flood in  history, according to the Red Cross.  Above: the LA River jumped its banks.

  • 2/28/2014 1:52:34 PM Jimmy Orr
    If you're not used to checking the SigAlert map.  Here's where to check it.  Not bad so far.  http://www.sigalert.com/Map.asp#lat=33.89401&lon=-118.23589&z=2

  • 2/28/2014 1:54:38 PM Jimmy Orr
    From the LA National Weather Service:  "Rain intensity has increased slightly near the Colby Burn Area...but still remaining below warning thresholds. We are monitoring."
  • 2/28/2014 1:55:49 PM Amy.Hubbard

    The mudslides of 1969. 

  • 2/28/2014 1:58:25 PM Jimmy Orr
    Don't know how to drive in the rain?  Not you, of course.  Those OTHER people.  Here's some tips from AAA.  http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/02/27/aaa-offers-safety-tips-for-driving-in-the-rain-after-accidents-doubled-during-slick-conditions/#.UxAfMjNA2u4.twitter
  • 2/28/2014 1:58:43 PM Amy.Hubbard
  • 2/28/2014 2:03:40 PM Amy.Hubbard
    L.A. Times auto blogger Jerry Hirsch has an explainer: "Los Angeles, here's how to drive in the rain."  Pan and scan, he says.  And, yes, it goes against the grain, but allow more room. What can happen when you slide to the side of the road?  Here are consequences from March 2000:

  • 2/28/2014 2:06:22 PM Jimmy Orr
    It rains. And the jokes begin.  Jimmy Kimmel from last night.  http://vod.io/_D_DH/

  • 2/28/2014 2:07:59 PM Amy.Hubbard

    Traffic worsening as the morning commute begins.  Are you staying out of it?

  • 2/28/2014 2:09:03 PM Jimmy Orr
    NBCLA weather anchor (in surprised voice):  I'm busy!  But it's good to be busy...
  • 2/28/2014 2:13:09 PM Amy.Hubbard
    This is how traffic looks right now on the West 91 at Beach Boulevard, courtesy CalTrans

  • 2/28/2014 2:14:44 PM Jimmy Orr
    Here's why we gotta slow down everybody...

  • .@Sman80 "those who trade money for shark rain deserve neither money nor shark rain" --b franklin
  • Welp! We DID ask for rain....however, I think too many of us asked for it at the same time. #socal #LArain #stormisacomin #LArain #dayoff
  • 2/28/2014 2:21:09 PM Amy.Hubbard
    Emergency Operations Center up and running in Monrovia

  • 2/28/2014 2:21:31 PM via Instagram gucci1973

    Happy Friday #rain #starbucks #la #dtla

  • 2/28/2014 2:23:09 PM Jimmy Orr
    People are amazed that we in Southern California have this reaction to rain...

  • 2/28/2014 2:27:50 PM Jimmy Orr
    Update on PCH...

  • 2/28/2014 2:29:12 PM Amy.Hubbard
    The traffic mess from ABC 7's Darsha Philips: "5N fwy backed up at Colorado because of an overturned big rig.

  • 2/28/2014 2:29:49 PM Jimmy Orr
    How much rain fell so far?  Well, 0.55 inches of rain fell between 4 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday at LAX.  
  • 2/28/2014 2:30:33 PM Jimmy Orr
    In Agoura Hills, 0.78 inches fell over the same period, an 0.86 inches fell in Monte Nido, a community near Calabasas. Roughly 0.3 inches fell in Redondo beach, Van Nuys, and Eagle Rock.
  • 2/28/2014 2:33:09 PM Jimmy Orr
    Good advice.  Slow down...

  • 2/28/2014 2:34:43 PM Amy.Hubbard

    How it looks out there. A snapshot of the south 5 at Lakewood Boulevard at this hour.

  • 2/28/2014 2:35:14 PM Jimmy Orr

    Prior to these storms current weather systems, just 1.2 inches of rain had been recorded in the region since July 1, the start of the rain-measuring year. 

    And the heaviest rainfall has yet to come.

  • 2/28/2014 2:36:36 PM Jimmy Orr
    Good news so far:  Officials say, as of early Friday morning, no such mudflows have been reported.
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