Sandbags offered for L.A. residents as wet weather hits the area
With a series of storms expected to bring wet weather for the next several days, officials are reminding Los Angeles residents that they can get free sandbags and sand at a number of city facilities.
Sandbags will be available at all Los Angeles Fire Department stations. The city Bureau of Street Services will also provide sandbags and sand. For a list of firehouses and bureau facilities, see the agency's website.
The wet weather, which began Wednesday afternoon, is expected to last through Sunday as three fast-moving storms hit the region, according to the National Weather Service.
Most of the rain was expected to fall in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, where mountain areas could receive from 1 inch to 2 inches of rain, the Weather Service said.
In Los Angeles County, rainfall amounts will range 0.10 to 0.33 of an inch in coastal and inland areas and up to 0.75 of an inch on south-facing mountain slopes.
The storms are expected to cause high surf along west-facing beaches. By Thursday morning, beaches in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties could see waves from 6 to 12 feet with some sets topping out at 15 feet, according to forecasters.
As the first storm swept through the Los Angeles area Wednesday evening, wind gusts of 36 mph were reported in Palmdale and Lancaster. In Northern California, the wet weather and high winds slickened area roads and knocked down power lines in some areas, officials said.
— Robert J. Lopez