El Niño has finally arrived with storms hitting Southern California on Monday morning flooding highways and soaking hillsides.
A few car accidents are thought to be a result of the striking storms even if there is no significant flooding has been yet reported.
Residents of cities along the foothills of the Angeles National Forest have been warned to prepare for a week of rains and storms which could cause mud flows.
The Colby fire impact area is in most danger so the police has raised the alert to yellow which means that the roadways need to be cleared and street parking is prohibited.
In Azusa the officials have already started offering sandbags to the residents as they are waiting for a potential flooding on Tuesday.
According to meteorologist Emily Thornton from the National Weather Service today is just a preview of what’s about to come.
On Tuesday it is expected the heaviest storm with up to 4 inches of rain onto the foothills and the mountains and up to 2 inches expected to drop in the valleys and on the coast.
About four storms are expected to hit by Friday, accompanied by massive waves of up to 10 feet south of Point Concepcion on Tuesday which could possibly grow to 15 feet until Thursday.
According to Thornton the massive waves could trigger erosion on the coast while also flooding the shorelines and damage piers.
On Wednesday the rain is expected to be accompanied by cold temperatures and high winds that could reach between 30 mph to 45 mph at higher elevations. The cold air could bring snow as low as 4,000 feet with winter storms at above 7,000 feet where there might fall 1 to 2 feet of snow.
According to experts these storms are some of El Niño’s first effects. El Niño is characterized by a series of weather conditions triggered by the warming of Pacific equatorial waters. It brings weaker rains in South Asia and heavier ones in California. The storms are expected to peak during the next three months and decrease starting by the end of March.
Specialists expect the most powerful El Niño ever recorded so local officials are prepared for the worst. Mayor Garcetti declared that Angelenos should be prepared for anything from flooding to snow storms. Residents can get free sandbags at Fire Station 1, 9600 Culver Boulevard.
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