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Another cold storm has reached the City, beginning early morning March 29. Rainfall amounts for most areas of Los Angeles have been as projected; less-than 1 inch. An additional period of less rain will end early Thursday morning, March 30, with thunderstorms possible as well as a slight risks for hail, lighting and waterspouts. Peak rain rates during thunderstorms can be up to half-an-inch per hour. See also: National Weather Service Forecast
"When thunder roars, go indoors!"
• Thunderstorms are ALWAYS caused by and include lightning.
• If you hear THUNDER, even a distant rumble, get to a safe place.
• STAY where you are until 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
Get more thunderstorm and lightning safety information from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
Lighting Safety Plan
The best response to a tornado-like occurrence, such as a “landspout” (though rare here) depends on where you are. Outdoors, find shelter quickly, or lie flat in a low area like a ditch or ravine and protect your head and neck. Avoid areas with trees. Indoors, follow advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for single- or multilevel structures:
Wednesday, 10 AM, 3/29 - SLIDE AREAS: Past weeks' rains created saturated hillsides Citywide. Response/recovery agencies are monitoring slides in various locations - including hillside communities in the Baldwin Hills area, where in the interest of personal safety, a few homes were yellow-tagged for limited access. Impacted homes and hillsides continue to be evaluated for stability.
Days after the rains, a large (near-half acre) slide developed from heavily saturated soils in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood resulting in both affected homes being declared unsafe for dwelling, pending further City inspection.
Wednesday AM, an additional slide during morning rains caused ~8,000 square-feet of mud to slide towards homes in the Beverly Ridge area - south of Mulholland Drive - blocking driveways. No homes were tagged.
Signs of a Slide
Listen AND watch for other warning signs, such as: mud buildup at the base of hills, widening cracks in outside walls or paved areas, sticking doors, newly broken utility lines, and new pools of ground water.
Report Storm Impacts
Angelenos should contact 9-1-1 for possible life-threatening storm-related emergencies. Call 3-1-1 for other impacts, such as mudslides and street flooding, downed power lines, or fallen trees.
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Disaster Assistance Guides
Disaster Assistance Services for Californians
Disaster Services for Immigrant Californians
Shelter Info for Persons Experiencing Homelessness
Call for LA County Winter Shelters: 2-1-1 or (800) 548-6047
In addition, any LA City indoor public facility may serve as shelter from the rains during normal business hours, including:
Recreation & Parks Facilities
Public Library Branches
Preparing for & Coping with Outages
During winter storms, the City of Los Angeles may activate its alerting systems for localized issues of significant impact, when authorized. Residents in the immediate affected areas -- those that opted into NotifyLA -- will receive directed information, with advice on specific actions to take and where to turn for timely updates. To receive all-weather critical alerts for YOUR area . . .
Register for NotifyLA
Immediately following storms, Public Health will close some local beaches as a result of increased bacterial levels due to runoff from urban streets and storm drains. Check for beach closures at:
Beach Water Quality Advisories
Public Health Cold Weather Advice
More heavy rains will likely return this winter and/or spring. Residents should take several simple steps necessary to protect themselves from injury and their property from storm damage.
Follow LA City Fire & Rescue Alerts
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