The Los Angeles County Operational Area Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) was activated at 6:00 a.m. PST in response to a strong winter storm moving through Los Angeles County. The storm system is impacting Los Angeles County cities and unincorporated area communities. The storm system is forecast to bring heavy rain, snow in high elevations, isolated thunderstorms, and gusty winds to the area through Saturday, March 1, 2014. The CEOC is activated in support of the cities of Glendora, Azusa, Monrovia, Rancho Palos Verdes, Long Beach, and Los Angeles. Activations of their Emergency Operations Centers due to storm related issues.
The low pressure system will continue throughout the night moving in the East/Southeast direction through late Saturday night. Rainfall rates ranged from 0.40” to 1.3” per hour in the San Gabriel Mountains. There will be a lull in the shower activity this evening and most likely will increase Saturday morning and continue through the afternoon and early evening hours. An additional 1” to 2” is expected in the Metropolitan LA area and 2” to 5” in the Foothill area.
The Los Angeles County Emergency Operation Center will remain active through this storm event.
UPDATE: Saturday 3/01 9:30 a.m.
The winter storm continues today with heavy rain and thunderstorms in Southern California. Rainfall rates of up to one inch per hour could cause significant flooding of roadways and dangerous rockslides in some areas.
Winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 mph will continue through this afternoon. Periods of heavy snow and gusty winds will make travel hazardous across area roadways. The strongest winds will impact the higher peaks and ridges.
Update: Saturday 3/01 11:30 a.m.
The low pressure system will continue to move through Southern California for the next 24 hours bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms. The Coastal areas can expect 1” to 2” of rain with 2” to 6” expected in the Mountain areas.
STORM, FLOOD AND MUDSLIDE SAFETY TIPS
• If you notice a major mudslide slippage, move your family to a safe location and call the Department of Public Works at 1-800-675-HELP (4357). If the situation warrants, call 911.
• Do not cross rapidly flowing streams. Stay on one side until the water recedes. Most streams will go down in a couple of hours, once it stops raining.
• Watch for mudslides and adjust drainage to reduce mudslides.
• During a storm, check drainage systems at your home and driveways to maintain a safe situation and limit damage.
• Contact “211” info line for the most up to date shelter information in Los Angeles County.
NEW ROAD CLOSURES
• Pearblossom: Avenue T, Longview Road to 165th Street East.
• State Route 39 (San Gabriel Canyon Road). Closed at Crystal Lake road to Mile Post Marker 38.9.
(Source: DPW Website)
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