Heavy Rain In Los Angeles: Rare September Rainstorm Lashes City, Swells River And Cuts Power

Los Angeles bore the brunt of heavy rain that lashed the city early this morning. The sudden rainstorm caught the city unaware and caused some major disruption to the lives of the citizens.

The rare mid-September rainstorm wreaked havoc on Los Angeles. The rains, brought about by the remnant swirl of one-time Hurricane Linda, drenched the city. Los Angeles recorded a rainfall of about two inches within a short pan of a few hours, causing the rivers to swell. Meteorologists have determined that the amount of rainfall was surely unprecedented.

It was three decades ago that Los Angeles was hit with such rains. By 9 a.m. local time, about 1.78 inches of rain had already been recorded at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Needless to add, it was way more than 0.69 inches of rainfall the region recorded on January 10, the region’s previous wettest day of this year. Meanwhile downtown Los Angeles had already received 2.37 inches of rainfall. The National Weather Service in Oxnard, California, cautioned the residents of the city.

“The rain will cause ponding of water on area roadways through the morning commute with local flooding of low lying areas and intersections. Heavy downpours may cause minor mud and debris in and around recent burn areas.”

Though not grossly unseasonal, the quantum is certainly huge and is already being termed as a “deluge” by media reports. Many parts of the city were without power for several hours. Astonishingly, about 10 people had to be pulled out of Southern California rivers; namely the Los Angeles, San Gabriel, and Santa Ana rivers during a heavy rainstorm, reported L.A Now. There were also reports about a dog that was rescued from the swelling rivers.

According to the L.A. Department of Water and Power, about 7,300 of its customers in Watts, Westlake, and surrounding communities had to live without utilities, though now power seems to have been restored in the majority of the affected regions. While residents could manage, the 710 Freeway couldn’t. The freeway relied on Caltrans water pump to keep the water off the highway. However, with rains knocking out the power, flooding occurred near Gage Avenue, said Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler. The freeway had to be closed, but has been opened for traffic after alternate arrangements were made.

Los Angeles doesn’t typically get rainfall in September. The previous record rainfall for September 15 at LAX was a mere 0.01 inches in 1982, reported MSN. As Hurricane Linda recedes, additional showers are expected to lash the city, cautioned experts.

Though the rains seem to be a welcome reprieve, Los Angeles — or California in general — is nowhere close to beating their historic drought.

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