Storm Creates LA Morning Commuter Nightmare

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The morning commute is a mess in rain-soaked Southern California with jackknifed big-rigs and spun-out vehicles littering freeways and travel lanes impassable because of hubcap-deep pools caused by overwhelmed storm drains.

The California Highway Patrol says there have been 186 traffic crashes in Los Angeles County during the six-hour period ending at 6 a.m. There were 19 crashes during the same period a week ago, a dry day.

Mud- and debris-flows feared in foothill areas near the Station Fire burn area have failed to materialize as the storm begins moving out of the area. The National Weather Service canceled the Los Angeles County flood advisory just before dawn because of a decrease in rain intensity.

The weather service says the heaviest rainfall amounts for the 24-hour period ending at 5 a.m. include 2.69 inches in Santa Barbara, 1.93 in Morro Bay, 1.80 in Paso Robles, 1.29 in Santa Maria, 1.63 inches in Newhall and 1.60 inches in downtown Los Angeles.

About 13,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers -- most of them in South Los Angeles and the Mar Vista areas – are without power because of the storm.

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