Torrential downpours sweep southern California

Torrential downpours sweep southern California

Severe rainfall battered West Hollywood in southern California, US, on September 15, 2015. Substantial amount of precipitation triggered strong floods in the area, which prompted evacuations of over 100 residents, although no casualties were reported so far.

Torrential downpours have been brought to the parts of southern California by the low-pressure system, a remnant of the Hurricane "Linda" that formed southwest of Baja California on September 6.

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The much needed rain has provided some relief from the hot and dry conditions prevailing so far, as the temperatures have dropped to about 21 ºC (70 ºF) in some areas.

As a strong rainstorm swept West Hollywood, thousands of locals have been cut off the power supplies, while torrential rains disrupted traffic and lead to water rescues across the affected areas. 

A flood advisory for parts of Los Angeles County was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in the early morning of September 15, as the rain was pouring at a rate of 25.4 mm (2 inches) per hour.

60.7 mm (2.39 inches) of rain was measured in the downtown Los Angeles on September 15. September 15 was the second-wettest September day in downtown Los Angeles since 1877. The wettest day was recorded in 1939, measuring 144.02 mm (5.67 inches) of precipitation.

53.8 mm (2.12 inches) of rain fell in the UCLA, while The Los Angeles International Airport measured 45.5 mm (1.79 inches) and Burbank received 25.9 mm (1.02 inches) of precipitation, the NWS stated. 45.97 mm (1.81 inches) of rain fell in San Gabriel, 25.4 mm (1 inch) in Long Beach, and 132.08 mm (5.2 inches) of rainfall was measured in the Yucaipa ridge.

11 600 homes across Los Angeles County and  San Bernardino County were left without electricity on September 15, Southern California Edison reported.

Intense rainfall flooded an assisted-living facility in West Hollywood on the same day. Over 100 elderly residents were immediately evacuated from the premises, as the Los Angeles County firefighters were called in.

"When units arrived, they saw leaking throughout the third floor, water coming down. The roof is under construction. There are many buckets and steady leaks throughout the building, throughout the whole third floor. We started evacuating the third floor due to the fact that the water is getting into the light fixtures, making it a safety hazard and electrical hazard," said L.A. County Fire Inspector David Dantic.

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A family home in San Gabriel was left teetering over the edge of the Rubio Wash storm channel, after the foundation of the home was washed away by the violent flood waters.

Featured image: San Gabriel home left teetering over the edge of the Rubio Wash storm channel. Image credit: ABC7


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wayne 6 years ago

It is a sign from GOD! On second thought it is a clear indication of global warming. But wait, it is only the third most rain on September 15th in recorded L. A. history, and the other two were before massive CO2. Ergo: Gore is not God after all. Leaping logic will get you every time.

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