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Wet day and more to come

Posted by on Jan 18th, 2010 and filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

By Mary O’KEEFE

On Starfall Drive, residents are closely watching the hillsides near their homes.A flash flood watch continues to be in affect until 3 a.m. Tuesday morning as a series of storms move through Crescenta Valley.

“You will be seeing rain pretty much through Sunday. The chance of rain will drop to 20% on Sunday,” said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

There is a possibility of thunderstorms later on Monday night. The National Weather Service has continued its flash flood warnings through Tuesday morning. A high wind advisory has been continued for Crescenta Valley until 8 p.m. Monday night with winds from the southwest from 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

The first rains came in last Sunday night and continued through Monday late afternoon. The sun peeked out from behind the clouds for a short while giving residents a little break from the downpour.

Heavy rains caused debris to flow down Canyonside Road in La Crescenta and over a 100 homes to be under mandatory evacuation orders north of 5524 Ocean View Boulevard in La Cañada.

This is just the first storm of three storms headed toward Southern California. Tuesday will be rain, heavy at times. Thunderstorms are predicted in the afternoon with winds from the south at 20 miles hours. A steady stream of rain and thunderstorms with high winds and heavy rains is predicted through Thursday. On Friday showers are likely and by nightfall the chance of rain drops to 50%. Saturday will be partly cloudy with 20% chance of rain that will continue to Monday, Jan 25, Hoffer said.

A command center has been set at Camp Two at Oakgrove Park to monitor the rain and debris flow.
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