LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Southern California was slammed with heavy rains Sunday and early Monday, but things were expected to dry out by late afternoon. However, more rain is expected Wednesday and Thursday.

Preliminary rainfall totals from the National Weather Service show that Newhall leads with 7.12 inches of rain as of 11 p.m. Van Nuys got 6.6 inches, Northridge 5.92, Chatsworth Reservoir 5.53, Hansen Dam 5.13, Canoga Park 4.72 and Burbank 4.02.

In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan areas, Beverly Hills got 4.12 inches, Getty Center 3.72, UCLA 3.24, Santa Monica 2.95, Culver City 2.68, LAX 2.45, downtown Los Angeles 2.42, Redondo Beach 2.12, Hawthorne 1.86, Torrance 1.84 and Long Beach 1.2.

In the Los Angeles County deserts, Valyermo got 2.56 inches of rain, Palmdale 1.67 and Lancaster 1.41.

In Orange County, .66 inches have been reported at Fullerton Airport, .56 inches at John Wayne Airport, .55 in San Juan Capistrano, .48 in Huntington Beach, .46 in Santa Ana, .41 in Dana Point, .27 in Costa Mesa and .09 in Anaheim.

Records were set in Palmdale and downtown Los Angeles, as well as LAX and Bob Hope Airport. 

Interstate 5 was shut down in Castaic, but it reopened around 9 a.m. Monday morning, CBS2’s Suzanne Marques reported.

Rock slides in Malibu also closed parts of the Pacific Coast Highway near Topanga Canyon Road, authorities said.

Ventura firefighters moved out 51 people from homeless encampments along the rising Ventura River, fire officials said, and rain on a flooded street in Oxnard stranded several cars and swept away another, the National Weather Service said.

In the San Fernando Valley, where at least three inches of rain fell Sunday, mud and debris threatened a retaining wall and forced the evacuation of 30 people in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Diana Igawa said.

Strong wind downed trees that damaged homes and broke windows in the valley, downtown Los Angeles and throughout the region.

About 90,000 were without power Sunday night, officials with the utilities said.

Flood warnings also were issued for Los Angeles-area hillside communities burned by wildfires in recent years. But in the foothill community of La Canada Flintridge, where more than 40 homes were destroyed by a mudslide last year, resident Lien Yang said the streets were clear of mud and debris.

“I think we’ll be OK this year,” he said. “This looks like it’s the last significant storm of the year.”

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Comments (16)
  1. Josh Grapplin says:

    LOLOLOLOL!! Last storm of the year? Dude, it’s March!!!
    I’m not a weather bro, but how do storms “look” like the last of the year anyway?

    1. SM says:

      I agree! If he could see that far into the forecast, heck this guy’s a genius!! Rofl!

      1. duh! says:

        Reading comprehension isn’t your strongest suit. The dude said, “LAST SIGNIFICANT STORM OF THE YEAR.”

        Key words, “LAST SIGNIFICANT”.

      2. Duh! (senior) says:

        You forgot to include that the end of the year for rain is May 31st. So rain storms in November and December do not count.

  2. J says:

    In some respects he is right, we probably won’t see another storm anywhere close to this magnitude this year. However, I do believe we will see some more rainfall, but to what extent is anyone’s guess. Daily rainfall totals like that of yesterday’s storms are a once or twice in a decade event. I recorded 5.42 inches according to my weather station in Northridge right down the street from CSUN

  3. Cougo says:

    Remember, this was an “La Nina” year meaning the weather cult expected a very dry year. Wrong once again and can we please put to rest this annoying “El Nino,La Nina” thing, PLEASE.

    1. Duh! (senior) says:

      It is global warming. The global warming model predicts that we will have less rain as the temperatures continue to rise. Warm air can hold more water vapor that colder air, thus there will be less rain.

      What happened this weekend will be more data points that the global warming hoax scientists will omit from their data used to calculate their weather models because it falls outside of their global warming predictions.

      If there is no global warming, then Cap and Trade cannot make money as proof that man made CO2 is not warming the globe.

      1. Marcus says:

        Global warming predicts no such thing. Yes, warm air can hold more moisture than cold air. However, changes in ocean and air temperatures mean that historical current patterns will change, thus changing the weather that areas – like SoCal – experience. Warm air can carry more moisture, but when it cools after colliding with a cooler air mass or moving over a cooler surface, it will drop that extra water. So, we can move from a Mediterranean climate to a subtropical one, with higher temps and more rain – on average. That doesn’t mean there will be no more winter, or anything else of the kind.

  4. TT says:

    Anybody know if the 5 is still shut down past castaic?

  5. wgowern says:

    Rain storms in November actually do count because the rain season is from July 1st to June 30th the following year. My small weather station in Monrovia recorded 2.86″ from this one and 29.92″ this rainy season to date…

    1. Duh! (senior) says:

      I stand corrected, the current “year” for rain totals ends June 30th not May 31st.

      But, storms from November 2011 and December 2011 do not count in the current “year” rain totals. Thus they do not foresee another rain event for this “years” rain totals.

  6. wgowern says:

    (Duh!(senior)You are correct.

  7. Dottie says:

    How come we never see Pasadena or Altadena rain totals. Altadena had better than 5″ for the weekend.

  8. Mrs. Fred Ulrich says:

    I see Altadena’s rain total. It says they had “better than 5″ for the weekend.”

  9. drozone69 says:

    It is not much or higher than usual.It is flooding cause we have a money hungry system which is promoting overcrowding in our urban areas.The more concrete we lay down,the more it collects on that new artificial surface.City Planners not doing a good job.City goverment is not cleaning storm drains or maintaining motorized pumps and waterways.For every area flooded is a direct mismanagment of public funds meant to avoid that.

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