Rain causing flooding and evacuations throughout Southern California
After a day of rain, Southern California is experiencing power outages, flooding and evacuations. The 110 freeway in Carson and the 710 in Long Beach have been closed due to flooding. Surface street throughout the Los Angeles area are flooded, especially in the coastal areas, which have received more rain than the inland areas.
In San Diego low-lying areas are flooded. The level of the San Diego River continues to rise and it is expected to flood before midnight Sunday and continue flooding throughout the day on Monday. Many locations around San Diego County are experiencing widespread flooding, including Ramona in the north east and Del Mar on the coast, as well as in San Diego itself. The heavy rains caused a boulder to roll down onto Poway Road, in Poway, blocking traffic. A mudslide is suspected in the same area.
Mountain areas up and down the state will get a lot of snow and some rain.
The forecast for all of Southern California is more rain for at least the next 15 hours, 20 hours in some locals like West Covina and Fontana. In San Diego it will rain for the the next 30 hours in some areas.
The National Weather Service says this is the strongest storm Southern California in many years. Although it won’t completely end the drought California it is making a big dent in the low water levels in the state’s reservoirs.
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UPDATE, Jan.23, 4:30 p.m.: The rain has ended in the Los Angeles area, but San Diego will feel another cell move through the area tonight and through Tuesday morning.
High surf advisories are still in effect along the Southern California coastline so be careful if you head to the beach.
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