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Series of powerful storms will pummel Southland

One of the most powerful storm systems to strike Southern California in five years is showing no sign of weakening.

The subtropical storm has already drenched downtown Los Angeles with 3 3/4 inches of rain this weekend -- exactly one-quarter of the precipitation the city usually gets in an entire year.

And forecasters are warning that three more powerful punches are targeting Southern California before the sun might return Thursday.

“There is the potential for even higher rainfall intensities than the rain this weekend,” said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service office in Oxnard. “If this additional round of heavy rain materializes, there of course will be the potential for widespread area flooding.”

Already, Southern California seemed to be reaching its saturation point, with floodwater rising to knee-high levels on Pineridge Road in La Crescenta, although crews were able to prevent water from damaging homes.

In La Canada Flintridge, residents worried aloud about the return of floodwater along Ocean View Boulevard. A slow-moving rainstorm flooded 40 homes and destroyed parked cars in February after the drain to the Mullally Debris Basin was blocked by a boulder.

“You come up here Thursday, and there’s going to be two feet of mud everywhere,” fretted one resident, who asked not to be named for fear of angering public works crews in the area.

Nearby, three television news crews were keeping watch. Many residents have wearied of speaking with reporters, who monitor the area when it rains.

-- Jason Felch, reporting from La Canada Flintridge, and Rong-Gong Lin II

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Riverside is getting it on a steady basis

W. Silver Lake Blvd. was knee deep Sunday afternoon!

Over 4 inches here in Santa Monica

We should all move to New York. Just kidding.

Redlands is getting soaked. The entire IE is drenched.

overflowing pool and gutters. Leaking roof in 5 places here in Beverly Hills. Also fog and wind. It's pretty intense!

It's been nearly five years since a storm of this strength hit the area and five years near the day since FEMA was in the Arroy Seco neighborhoods of Highland Park, Glassel Park and others to help victims of mudslides. They tarped hillsides, paid out a few checks to get some of us residents cleaned up and split. The tarps have covered over with weeds here and there, but not a lot has been done to repair damaged hillsides and so, while the rain is much needed, mudslide area folks along the Arroyo communities are feeling uneasy about the five year thing. Let's hope FEMA has their files from 2005. They may need some reference material.

Global Warming or not, BUT the Weather Pattern has changed pretty much. This could be a cause for concern. Scientifically, efforts need to be made to assuage feelings of The Mother Nature to seek her cooperation. It is quite possible. Men made situations pose disasters by way of Fires
and Mudslides. NATURE's balance has been disturbed?

It's God's wrath! Or, God's tears. I'm not sure. One or the other, though. Either wrath or tears. But when there's thunder, that DEFINITELY indicates 'wrath', so when there's hard rain AND thunder...definitely God's wrath. Although people have also told me that thunder "claps" are just that: God clapping, because he's happy with us. And I've even heard that thunder means God is "cracking up" - laughing - derived from the cracking-like sign of thunder. Now, when there is lightning, I believe that's because God is really old and he needs more light, to see over us...or he just wants to burn this mother down, in which case, NOT COOL, God!

It's quite lovely here at the beach. My wind chimes sound great, dog and I run in the rain, he slides like Maury Wills into the puddles. Also giving me time to level up on Black Ops. Rain is a gift in our desert by the sea. Keeping peeps near mudslide areas in my prayers. Clears the air of smog, saturates my garden of palms and smells so good from all the pines being watered down. Bliss. Good thing I don't work, I can stay home and enjoy this. Tomorrow's commuters? So sorry. Get an early start and a big cup of Joe!

We should be happy we don't live in the mid-west.


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