Monday, March 21, 2011


From the Los Angeles Times.

Southern California was cleaning up Monday morning after a heavy storm that produced record rain totals in parts of the region.
Numerous roads remained closed Monday morning, including Interstate 5 through the Grapevine, due to snow, and Pacific Coast Highway at Point Mugu. A separate stretch of PCH in Malibu was reopened.
[Updated, 9:13 a.m.: All lanes along the Grapevine were reopened, and cars were being escorted by the California Highway Patrol.]
Topanga Canyon Road also was closed, as was Angeles Forest Highway (see full list of road closures in Los Angeles County here).
Some areas of L.A. County were hammered by the storm, including Van Nuys and Newhall, which recorded more than 6 inches of rain. Canoga Park recorded 4.7 inches; Beverly Hills, 4.1; and UCLA, 3.2.
Though the main rainstorm has moved on through the area, the National Weather Service said scattered showers were expected Monday, with another storm arriving Wednesday.

Snow accumulated on the Grapevine and in the Ventura County mountains, with as much as 27 inches at the Pine Mountain Club in Kern County and 19 1/2 inches in Lockwood Valley, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
At the height of the storm Sunday, more than 90,000 Southland homes and businesses lost power. About 40,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers had no electricity, and 49,808 Southern California Edison customers were without power, most of them outside Los Angeles and Orange counties.
At the Bank of Kev Compound in Ventura County there was over 3 inches of rain in a 24 hour period. On Sunday the 118 in Somis was flooded and they had to close the 101 Northbound at Las Posas Road in Camarillo for a few hours. There was also power outages all over the county (the compound never lost power) that closed numerous business.

I 've said this before: These pacific storms often have a energy to them and this one was a textbook example of what I'm talking about.  

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