Storm system still brings rain and tornado warnings

Weather service: No credible reports of tornado in San Diego

Imagery of a vortex in San Diego County circulated on social media as unstable air and thunderstorm activity triggered a tornado warning, but federal forecasters said there’s no credible evidence of a touchdown.

The National Weather Service San Diego office has not fielded damage reports consistent with a tornado.

Today’s rare noontime warning was the highest-level alert for tornadoes: It urges those in its coverage area to take cover immediately because a tornado has formed or is likely imminent.

Despite whipping gusts of nearly 70 mph just east of the county and dark rain clouds, it appeared a tornado did not materialize. The front that prompted the warning moved east and broke up, according to NBC San Diego.

Upon reports of damage, the weather service will usually send observers to the scene of the report to determine if there was a touchdown and, if so, the dimensions of its track and its potency. Often this takes place the next day.

Rare tornado warning for San Diego County expires, heavy rain and lightning still possible

A tornado warning issued in south central San Diego County has expired. The warning was rare for the southwestern county, reported NBC San Diego.

The warning was issued for parts of San Diego County included Chula Vista, El Cajon and National City. It expired at 12:15 p.m. local time.

Rain continues to fall over San Diego, where radar data depicted a heavy rain cell, according to the National Weather Service. Lightning is also possible in the area.

Tornado warning issued for parts of San Diego County

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of San Diego County today until 12:15 p.m. local time.

Chula Visa, El Cajon and National City are all within the warning area.

The warning includes the possibility of pea-sized hail.

Body found floating in water in San Diego

A body was found floating in water near Dairy Mart Road and Camino de la Plaza shopping center in San Diego today, according to the city’s fire department.

“Engine 29 responded from South Bay as well as pre-positioned lifeguard teams,” the San Diego Fire Department said in a news release. “The crews were able to recover the body and bring it to the boat launch area.”

The victim, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s not clear at this time what the cause of death was. The medical examiner’s office will determine if the death is weather-related, the fire department said.

Three people have been killed so far by this storm system, which has brought heavy rains and winds to California.

Search effort continues after avalanche northwest of Las Vegas

The search effort continues after four people were rescued following an avalanche that took place at Lee Canyon, northwest of Las Vegas yesterday, according to officials. The avalanche was reported around 1:20 p.m. local time, according to the Lee Canyon Ski Resort.

Four people were initially reported missing and rescued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, according to an update, but rescue efforts continue today “to ensure no one remains missing,” Clark County officials said on X.

“While all resort personnel and ticketed customers were accounted for following yesterday’s avalanche in an area above the Sherwood Lift, search and rescue teams plan to resume efforts later today with search dogs from Nevada Task Force 1 as a precaution to ensure no unreported person is missing,” Clark County officials said today.

The Lee Canyon Ski Resort is closed today and may possibly be closed tomorrow, officials said. Lee Canyon Road and nearby Deer Creek Road remain closed Tuesday to everyone except residents, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Kyle Canyon Road is closed past the junction with Deer Creek Road.

Videos show cars trapped in Los Angeles mudslides

Video shows cars stuck in Los Angeles mudslides that hit neighborhoods in Beverly Hills.

Elsewhere in Los Angeles, mudslides were seen along Tigertail Road.

29 million people under flood alerts from California to Arizona

Around 29 million people remain under flood alerts from California to Arizona.

Eight million people are also under winter alerts across Arizona, and 1 million are under winter alerts across the western mountain ranges. 

While the intense rainfall is over for southern California today, on and off rounds of rain will still impact areas from Los Angeles to San Diego into this evening. At the same time, heavy rain and mountain snow will move into Arizona and the rest of the Four Corners region as this storm finally moves east.

One to 2 additional inches of rainfall could fall through tomorrow from Los Angeles to San Diego. Some major metro areas at risk for isolated instances of flash flooding today include Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.

Tomorrow, unsettled conditions will continue across California, as rain and snow showers impact the Rockies.

As the storm continues east Thursday, it will blanket the northern Plains in snow and bring some rain and isolated storms to the Great Lakes and Midwest regions.

Los Angeles received more than half the average yearly rainfall in 3 days

Los Angeles has received more than half of their average yearly rainfall in three days.

As of this morning, the city has received 7.54 inches of rainfall in the past three days, more than half of the average of 14.25 inches it receives annually. Since Jan. 1, Los Angeles has picked up 10.77 inches of rain, which is 75% of their annual rainfall amassed just over one month into the year.

Los Angeles also received 7.03 inches of rain in two days, making it the first time in 66 years since it rained this much in the city over a two-day period. Records go back to 1877.

Water gushes down Lockridge Rd. during a storm Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in Studio City in Los Angeles, Calif.
Water gushes down Lockridge Rd. on Monday in Studio City in Los Angeles.Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Flood watch to remain for some areas until Tuesday afternoon

The flood watch covering much of Southern California will last until at least 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET), the National Weather Service said, as up to an inch of rain an hour is expected.

Ventura County, southern Santa Barbara County and the Los Padres National Forest are all covered by the warning, which states that dangerous flooding will “increase the risk of drowning and the need for swift water rescues,” as rivers and creeks overflow.

The weather serviceWS said the threat remains of mudslides in canyon areas while debris flow is possible in places with burn scars.

Map: 48 hours of rainfall in California

As much as 12.27 inches of rain has been reported over the past 48 hours in California, according to National Weather Service data.

Videos show downed trees and damage after strong California storms

Mudslides, floods and fallen trees: L.A. leaders spell out size of emergency response

Mudslides, debris flows, flash flooding, fallen trees and blocked roads are among the hazards that emergency services are continuing to deal with across the greater Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and city and county leaders gave an update on the city’s and regional response last night, in a news conference at Fire Station 108 in Beverly Crest, in one of the city’s worst-affected areas. “I have spent time with our fire chief meeting with Angelenos impacted by the storm. The city has leapt into action to protect our most vulnerable Angelenos and we will continue to work around the clock to help those in need throughout this storm,” she said.

There have been 307 mudslides that have damaged 35 buildings and slopes since Sunday, while five buildings have been tagged red, meaning no entry, and seven have been tagged yellow, meaning residents can only collect possessions, authorities said. There have been 275 fallen trees, 159 reports of potholes and emergency workers have cleared 875 catch basins and storm drains.

The L.A. Fire Department has added additional teams to carry out water rescues, helicopter pilots and 911 dispatchers, adding to the 1,000 firefighters already on duty.

People stand near a garage that a landslide and flash flood smashed through in a hillside residential neighborhood in the Studio City section of Los Angeles, California, on February 5, 2024.
People stand near a garage smashed by a landslide yesterday in Los Angeles.David McNew / AFP – Getty Images

More than 150,000 energy customers in California still without power

Some 155,000 homes and businesses were still without power as of 3:30 a.m. PT, according to the PowerOutage.us website, which tracks energy connections nationally.

The worst affected areas are Mendocino County, where nearly 8,000 out of 53,000 customers are having outages, and Sonoma County, where nearly 20,000 out of 178,00 customers are without power.

The figures are much lower than Sunday night and Monday morning, when there were more than 700,000 outages.

Southern California hit by record-breaking rain

Records have been tumbling across the nation through this winter and the storm system hanging over California is no different.

At least six areas either set new records or matched old ones for daily precipitation, including Anaheim, which received 1.87 inches of rain yesterday, smashing the previous record of 0.56 inches set in 2019, according to the National Weather Service office in San Diego.

Oceanside Harbor was hit by 2.88 inches, dwarfing the 1.59 inches it received in 1948, while the city of Vista was inundated by 1.87 inches, compared to the 0.74 inches it got in 1976.

Los Angeles River surges

An aerial view of the Los Angeles River, swollen by storm runoff as a powerful long-duration atmospheric river storm continues to impact Southern California yesterday.

Southern California Hit By Second Atmospheric River
Mario Tama / Getty Images

Flood warning issued for area including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for an area that includes the Los Angeles area cities of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.

The warning is until 5 a.m. Tuesday. Other parts of the warning area include Santa Monica and Malibu. Officials warned earlier today that the ground is completely saturated and can’t handle any more rain.

“Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated light to moderate rain falling with embedded heavier showers across the warned area,” the weather service said.

Rainfall rates could be a half-inch per hour were expected at times throughout the night, and additional rain was forecast at 0.5 inches and 1.5 inches across the warning area. Also included in the area was Los Angeles’ famous Griffith Park.

Los Angeles firefighters hoist man from fast-moving river

Los Angeles firefighters used a helicopter to rescue a man who jumped into the flooded river to save his dog yesterday.

First appeared on www.nbcnews.com

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