National Weather Service
The recent stormy weather has made a dent in the rainfall deficit in Los Angeles after months of drought.
The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches through Saturday evening across Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Southland beachside communities are preparing for possible flooding due to a powerful storm system.
The Southland is preparing for the first of two winter storms expected to roll through the area beginning Wednesday night.
Southern California experienced scattered showers early Thursday.
A Red Flag warning will be in effect Monday through Wednesday due to potentially strong Santa Ana winds and low humidities, the National Weather Service said.
As large sections of the U.S. deal with severe winter weather for the holidays, California is sunny and dry with high temperatures rising into the low 80s in some southern areas.
Temperatures may be in the mid-70s this week, but meteorologists say a northwest swell has brought bigger than usual waves and strong rip currents to Orange County’s beaches Monday, posing a danger to swimmers.
Citrus growers expect to see minimal damage to the state orange crop after battling freezing temperatures for a second night but no major impact on the price of the fruit.
Southern California fire officials have increased staffing levels because of a red flag warning announced for areas in Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Heavy rains and flash floods have been reported in northwestern Riverside County.
July 2013 has been the wettest July for the city of Los Angeles in 95 years, the National Weather Service said Friday.
The warning, issued for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, will be in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday.
Northwesterly winds are expected to continue across the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale through early Thursday, with the strongest winds expected across the northwestern portion of the Antelope Valley.
Wind advisories will be in effect for several Los Angeles-area valleys Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.