Warmer weather on tap for Southern California after weekend of storms
LOS ANGELES — The weekend storms that pummeled Southern California with record rains produced a variety of weather on Monday, with some of the rain now giving way to sunny days.
A low-pressure system in the northern part of the Northern California coast brought the region from sunny skies to a mix of rain and showers, causing a mix of morning and afternoon showers to last into the afternoon.
The storms caused flooding that forced the evacuation of two homes and cut power to hundreds of homes around Malibu, with streets closed in some areas. At the same time, a flash flood warning was also issued up through the night.
The heavy rains continued into the early morning hours of Monday, with rainfall topping out at 1.52 inches in the La Canada Flintridge area, bringing the total accumulated rainfall since the weekend to 1.92 inches.
The heaviest rainfall occurred in Porterville, after the storm system that brought the rains moved into the area. Porterville recorded 1.74 inches, followed by Oxnard with 1.63 inches, and then Temecula with 1.56 inches.
All three of the cities reported flooding Monday morning that disrupted traffic, with roads and some rivers closed. In Porterville, city officials asked residents to avoid wading through flood waters on the Santa Fe River.
The rain and storms will continue into the early morning hours of Tuesday.
By 6 p.m. Monday, the heaviest rainfall was 4.25 inches in Porterville, followed by Oxnard with 4.01 inches, and Temecula with 3.56 inches.
For the second time this weekend, a flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Porterville.
In Temecula, a flash flood warning was issued, and a flash flood watch was issued for the area. The warning for the area covered all of the county, with a flood alert still in effect for some areas of Los Angeles County.
Meanwhile, residents remained without power for hours Monday morning following the downpour.
At around 5 a.m., the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said about 2,000 customers remained without power in the San Fernando Valley as a result of the storm.
The agency said about 1,500 customers across the San Diego area remained without electricity