Brunt of powerful storm expected to hit L.A. County around 4 a.m. Wednesday
The brunt of the next rainstorm is forecast to hit around 4 a.m. Wednesday, bringing with it up to 3 inches of rain in the L.A. Basin along with lightning, hail and possible waterspouts along the coast.
This storm could end up being the worst in a six-day series of storms. Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service:
Tuesday and Wednesday:
• Heavy rain potential, with thunderstorms
• Rainfall rates approaching 1 inch per hour or more
• Rough timing: after 10 p.m. Tuesday along Central Coast, 2 a.m. Wednesday in Ventura County, 4 a.m. in Los Angeles County
• Six- to eight-hour period of intense rain with 1 to 3 inches along the coast and in valleys, and 2 to 5 inches in the mountains, with the San Gabriel Mountains expected to get 3 to 8 inches.
• High surf and possible near-shore waterspouts
• A winter storm warning for 1 to 2 feet of snow above 6,000 feet elevation
• High tide of up to 6 feet around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Potential problems Tuesday night and Wednesday:• Intense rain could lead to flash flooding mainly for Los Angeles County, where less drying is expected to occur
• Possible flash-flood watch for non-burn areas
• Urban and small-stream flooding elsewhere, with possible debris flows at burn areas, rock slides, etc.
• Significant flows, but no flooding, expected in rivers
• Gusty winds could lead to downed trees and power lines
• Coastal beach erosion, minor flooding
--Rong-Gong Lin II
Photo: A driver in a Jeep crosses floodwaters on a washed-out section of Lytle Creek Road in San Bernardino County. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times