California has had its fair share of forest fire and storms within the past 10 years, but more recently are reports of a severe rain and thunderstorm around Los Angeles. Evacuation had been ordered for Glendora, Azusa, and Monrovia which have remained in effect. Currently, there are no deaths reported, but mild disaster can be seen across the California landscape.
Glendora Police Chief warns the public on KCAL that the rain was so intense that the hillsides have the potential to cause serious problems in the area. The hills are susceptible to mudslides because much of the vegetation that would have previously been able to retain the water have been destroyed by drought and wildfire.
People in Monrovia had the right to waive evacuation, but they will be risking injury or death. Burbank has also seen the brunt end of the storm. The heavy winds have felled trees, and people have been rushing away from the hillsides and slopes where mudslides have been crashing hard onto the cities of Southern California. Over 200 flights to and from San Fransisco and Los Angeles were canceled.
Currently, the weather in Glendora, California is at 55 degrees Ferinheight with 88 percent humidity, and allegedly low winds.
NBC News reported this storm to have covered the entire length of California, knocking out power for thousands of residents. Three inches of rain padded Los Angeles throughout Friday evening. Nine miles of the Pacific Coast Highway was shut down until noon (3 pm ET). Over 1,000 residents of the San Gabriel Mountain foothills were evacuated due to the potential mudslides. Peak wind speed was registered around 60 miles per hour in Los Angeles, and by Friday evening, over 20,000 utility customers in California had no power.
A 36-year-old man was reported hospitalized after allegedly being struck by lightning in Fresno County. He was looking for work in a Central California oil field. There were no reports of anyone witnessing the lightning strike, but the man was found unconscious around 11 am. The lightning bolt was perceived to have entered his left armpit and traveled throughout his body, exiting through the mans feet. These kinds of reports are often observed in mild to severe disaster strikes around California.
The storm is winding down now, but hundreds of homes are still evacuated. Some have claimed this storm helped farmers and local communities, but experts say the state will require much more frequent storms, though preferably less in severity, to remedy the effects of the drought.
Assistant Chief Steve Martin of Los Angeles County Fire Department says people still need to be aware of the dangers, but the storm seems to have passed. The National Weather Service forecasts this particular storm to have moved beyond the Rockies and into the plains and Mississippi Valley, bringing a “hodgepodge” of precipitation. Parts of Colorado could see up to six inches of fresh show.
Azusa has seen up to 10 feet of mud, engulfing a lot of residential property. Downtown San Francisco received around eight inches of rain by Saturday evening. Downtown Los Angeles only reached around four inches from the second storm by 5 pm Saturday, reported meteorologist Joe Sirard. Many homes in the Hollywood hills were affected by the power short from a down pole, which was caused by a landslide of trees and rocks. Homes along Long Beach encountered subtle moderate damage, but this area was not required to evacuate. The disaster reported in California has been assessed to be mild, but citizens of the state are working hard to clear their properties of the mud and tree litter.
By Lindsey Alexander