Thun­der­storms soak South­land

Of­fi­cials is­sue a flash flood warn­ing for the An­te­lope Val­ley.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Alene Tchekm­e­dyian alene.tchekm­e­dyian @la­times.com

Strong thun­der­storms brought heavy rain­fall to parts of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia on Tues­day af­ter­noon, prompt­ing weather of­fi­cials to is­sue a f lash f lood warn­ing in the An­te­lope Val­ley in Los An­ge­les County.

Flooded road­ways were ex­pected un­til late evening in Lan­caster and Palm­dale, as well as on the 14 and 138 free­ways, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Those ar­eas were ex­pected to re­ceive 1 to 2 inches of rain­fall an hour, which has the po­ten­tial of caus­ing dan­ger­ous flash flood­ing along road­ways and nor­mally dry washes, weather of­fi­cials said. Dime-sized hail, gusty winds and fre­quent light­ning were also re­ported.

Pow­er­ful winds downed power lines in Azusa, while a tree caught fire else­where in the re­gion af­ter be­ing hit by light­ning, said Rob­bie Mun­roe of the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

In Hunt­ing­ton Beach, of­fi­cials evac­u­ated the city beach dur­ing the U.S. Open of Surf­ing af­ter light­ning strikes were re­ported in the area, po­lice said. The beach has since re­opened.

Ar­eas burned by re­cent wild­fires face a higher risk for de­bris f lows and f lood­ing, au­thor­i­ties said.

The rain “is as­so­ci­ated with mon­soonal mois­ture,” Mun­roe said. “We ex­pect this moist en­er­getic flow to con­tinue at least through Wed­nes­day night.”

In Te­mec­ula, a four-ve­hi­cle crash that in­volved an over­turned big rig tem­po­rar­ily shut down the north­bound 15 Free­way at Ran­cho Cal­i­for­nia Road, snarling traf­fic for miles dur­ing rush hour, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol. A tree fell onto the free­way in about the same area, also caus­ing traf­fic de­lays.

A SigAlert was is­sued shortly af­ter 4 p.m. and was lifted about an hour and a half later.

Allen J. Sch­aben Los An­ge­les Times

IN HUNT­ING­TON BEACH, of­fi­cials evac­u­ate the city beach Tues­day dur­ing the U.S. Open of Surf­ing af­ter light­ning strikes were re­ported in the area. The beach later re­opened. Flooded road­ways were ex­pected un­til late evening in Lan­caster and Palm­dale.

Jay L. Clen­denin Los An­ge­les Times

SURFERS Brady We­bush, left, and Johnny Byrne of Man­hat­tan Beach end their day in the El Porto area of the city Tues­day.

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