Record SoCal Rain Brings Power Outages, Collisions

Thousands without power in Long Beach, Huntington Park

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Rain continued to pelt the Southland on Monday, causing power outages and a significant rise in traffic collisions, along with breaking rainfall records for this date in several locations in Los Angeles County.

At Los Angeles International Airport, .98 of an inch fell, handily breaking the record set in 1952, the National Weather Service reported late this afternoon.

Rainfall records were also set at Long Beach Airport, where 1.65 inches broke the record set in 1964; and San Gabriel, where 2.66 inches was recorded at the fire station, breaking the previous record of 1.33 inches set in 2002.

Between a half-inch and 1 inch per hour fell in the San Gabriel Mountains and adjacent foothills during a two-hour period in the afternoon, according to the NWS.

A flash flood advisory was in effect until 8:30 p.m. in East Central Los Angeles County, where heavy rain was forecast to continue to fall tonight.

Official For LA County Department of Public Works Says Catch Basins Only About 5 Percent Full, KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports

An urban and small stream flood advisory was posted until 10:15 p.m. in Eastern Los Angeles County, including Tujunga, Sunland, Sierra Madre, Lake View Terrace, La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, Monterey Park, Lancaster, Diamond Bar and Acton.

Southern California Edison reported that 4,500 customers in Long Beach and Huntington Park lost power, along with 2,000 each in Santa Monica and Torrance and less than 1,500 each in Glendora and Rancho Palos Verdes.

About 175 crashes were logged between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the portions of Los Angeles County patrolled by the California Highway Patrol, compared to 53 in the same period last Monday when roadways were dry.

The NWS issued a winter weather advisory for Los Angeles County mountains, other than the Santa Monica range until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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  • Jim Gates

    there are a lot of accidents because people are driving too fast its pouring down rain and people are going 65 its crazy

    • Amy

      Driving 65 in the rain is NOT fast…LOL Your probably one of those people that drive so slow that YOU cause accidents by people trying to go around you.

      • Karen

        Driving 65 in the rain is in fact driving too fast….your comment sounds like it comes from inexperience…to mock someone about being safe…not too mature.

  • Chris

    In Alhambra we got power outage at 6 pm, last about half an hour.

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