Flooding in Santa Barbara County as a result of recent storms. Photo via OnScene.TV.
Flooding in Santa Barbara County as a result of recent storms. Photo via OnScene.TV.

The third in a series of powerful and dangerous rainstorms is expected to hit the Southland shortly after midnight early Sunday, although some areas could see scattered showers before that.

The new storm will again bring driving dangers and worries about flooding, mudslides and general misery. But it will be one more help in fighting California’s years-long drought.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of showers Saturday with westerly winds of up to 25 mph. The chance of rain increases to 60 percent just after midnight.

Of the three rain systems that have moved through the area this week, Sunday’s is expected to be the coldest and windiest, but not necessarily the wettest. Wind advisories and other warnings are expected to be in effect for most of the day.

A Friday system brought heavy rain and high winds that saw trees toppled, power lines downed and streets flooded and closed.

Mud flowed from a Duarte hillside into a residential neighborhood, forcing its way around and through K-rails into the front yards of several homes.

Five people were rescued from a homeless encampment in the Sepulveda Basin. One was reached by swift water rescue crew in a boat.

Fallen trees and downed power lines were reported throughout the region, with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power saying that about 10,000 of its customers had lost electrical service in various areas, including Van Nuys, where a tree took out wires and knocked out service to about 1,000 customers, including at Van Nuys Airport.

Stretches of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and Pacific Palisades were closed by flooding and downed power lines and mud flowed onto the California Incline, closing that link between PCH and Santa Monica.

Flash flood warnings were issued for the Sand, Sage and Calgrove burn areas in northern Los Angeles County while residents of the waterfront Long Beach Peninsula were warned of storm surge danger amid high surf.

In Orange County, a flash flood watch was in force through the evening with warnings that thunderstorms could strike Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Yorba Linda and Mission Viejo, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow was piling up in some local mountain areas, with levels expected to fall to between 4,000 and 5,000 feet through Saturday morning, prompting officials at the sheriff’s Palmdale Station to warn people of avalanche danger in the Wrightwood area.

—City News Service

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