Heavy rain expected in Southern California 02/28/14
February 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES— The full force of a storm moving into Southern California is expected to be felt this morning, with possible thunderstorms and rains up to an inch an hour.
Ahead of the storm, about 1,000 homes were evacuated in eastern foothill suburbs of Los Angeles. They sit beneath steep mountain slopes that were stripped bare by fire in January.
A ten-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway was closed overnight in Ventura County because of what the Highway Patrol says was a high likelihood of rock slides in another area that was left bare by a fire.
Cities in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties have been handing out sandbags in anticipation of heavy rain.
California's rain totals in recent months have been far below normal. It will take a series of drenching storms to make a dent in a statewide drought that is among the worst in recent history.