Third storm expected this afternoon; flash flood watch begins at 3 p.m.

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From the Los Angeles Times:

After a brief respite from the rain at midday today, the week’s third storm is expected arrive later this afternoon and dump more than 3 inches of rain by Sunday morning, forecasters said. The powerful system is also expected to bring gusty winds and heavy snow to the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch beginning at 3 p.m. today for recent burn areas in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

At its peak, rainfall is expected to reach 1 inch per hour on south-facing foothills and possibly create flash floods or debris flows on fire-scarred slopes. Up to 18 inches of snow at higher elevations, winds of 30 mph and thunderstorms are also possible.

Between Thursday and 10 a.m. today, downtown Los Angeles had received nearly 1 inch of rain. Valley, mountain and foothill areas were doused with 1 to 3 inches.

Major canyon roads through the burn areas remained closed. They include Angeles Forest Highway, and Big Tujunga Canyon and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon roads.

Crews worked through the day to clear debris basins in anticipation of heavier rain tonight.

There has been no major flooding or mudslides. Firefighters have responded to numerous calls for minor rock slides and mudslides across Los Angeles, including Topanga Canyon and Sylmar. One home near the Hollywood Bowl has been evacuated.

“If we do have some rescues or injuries, we’ll be all over it,” said Los Angeles city fire spokesman Brian Humphrey. “But so far we’ve been standing by to assist our allied offices.”

Forecasters say residents in La Cañada Flintridge, Sylmar, La Crescenta and surrounding foothill communities should remain vigilant. Officials have erected K-rails and lined streets with sandbags in neighborhoods near the Station fire burn area in hopes of preventing slides.

This latest storm is expected to move out of the area quickly and be replaced by dry and warmer conditions next week.

Nearly 5,000 utility customers throughout Los Angeles were without power this morning, with outages reported in Venice, West L.A., Brentwood and Toluca Lake.

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Written by Times Community News

December 12, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Posted in L.A. Times

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