Updated after the jump: Here we go again. Pacific Coast Highway closes, the I-5 floods and more. Originally posted Dec. 28 at 8:30 a.m.
We were gloating yesterday as the East Coast took a beating from the weather gods, but karma's a bitch: It's our turn for some hardcore cloud dumping.
This really might be the end of the world.
The National Weather Service has discovered last-minute that a giant storm is heading toward Los Angeles, and is expected to hit tonight. However, it won't be the five-day saga we braved last week: Cold rain and winds will hopefully cease by Wednesday morning.
Yes, that includes rush hour.
The rain should begin a good two hours before midnight, and could dump up to one inch of water by morning. Winds could reach 60 MPH.
The storm will interrupt L.A. County Department of Public Works clean-out of the Mullally Debris Basin in La Canada Flintridge, a magnet for erosion that lies just below the Station Fire burn area. Residents in the neighborhood were instructed to evacuate last week. That didn't mean they listened. (Luckily, everyone came out OK; knock on wood.)
A magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck near Castaic early this morning. The
shaker hit the northern part of L-A County at 12-36 a-m ... four miles west of
the Castaic Lake dam and 40 miles northwest of downtown L-A ... according to
the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter of the quake was about 11.7 miles
beneath the earth's surface.
If you're fiending for some snow to ring in the new year, grab your tobogan and head up to the Tejon Pass or other north-facing mountains outside L.A. through Thursday. But prepare yourself for up to 70 MPH winds, you crazy fool.
And if you're the ski-resort type, keep in mind that temperatures will drop far below zero the next few days.
In case you need your memory refreshed, re-read the Weekly's coverage on L.A.'s closest-thing-to-a-hurricane last week.
With reporting from City News Service.
Update, 8:20 a.m.: Just like last week at this time, the Pacific Coast Highway has fallen victim to the downpour. It's currently closed in both directions from Deer Creek
in Malibu to Las Posas Road in Ventura County.
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Then there's the 5, which is still open but not doing so hot: The northbound lanes are majorly flooding at Olympic Boulevard. The 110 is also flooded in a couple southbound lanes at Redondo Beach Boulevard.
In other shitty storm news, the National Weather Service has issued an "urban and
small stream flood advisory" for Los Angeles County:
"At 5:05 a.m. Doppler radar and rain gauges indicated rain across the entire county. Widespread rainfall rates of one to three tenths of an inch per hour were occurring... with the highest rates across the San Gabriel Valley and foothills... just below the Station Fire burn area... Minor debris flow and rock slides are possible in and around the recent burn areas."