1 dead, 2 missing in Ontario after being swept away by heavy rain
One person was killed and two people missing after stormwater washed away a group of people Tuesday morning in Ontario as rain battered the region.
The incident was reported around 9:45 a.m. in the washing machine on the 1200 block of East 4th Street in Ontario, officials said.
Six people, believed to have been living in the washout, were swept away by a flash of water after steady rain soaked the area.
Three people were rescued shortly before and another was found dead, officials said.
Two people are still missing.
A low pressure system off the coast is sending moisture to the area and driving the storm, which is expected to last through Wednesday, National Weather Service meteorologists told Oxnard.
Wet weather and high winds created dangerous travel conditions on Tuesday, leading to submerged roads, downed trees and traffic collisions, and it raised concerns about flooding in areas of recent burns.
Coastal areas and valleys in Los Angeles County could see up to 3 inches of rain, with up to 5 inches in lower mountain areas. Afternoon rainfall could increase those totals by several centimeters, weather experts said.
“It’s a storm that we normally see in January,” said Todd Hall, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “It’s a great opportunity for some rain.”
The storm also brings many advisories, he added.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties until 10 a.m. Wednesday, with gusty winds and heavy snowfall forecast. Snow will be around 7,000 feet, Hall said, with 8 to 14 inches expected in the mountains of Los Angeles County. About 20 inches could fall on the highest peaks.
By Tuesday evening, snow levels could drop to around 5,000 feet, creating potentially treacherous conditions along Tejon Pass on Highway 5 and Soledad Pass on Highway 14 between Santa Clarita and Palmdale, said meteorologists.
A high wind warning for Antelope Valley will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday, the weather service said. Southwesterly winds of 30 to 45 mph, gusting up to 70 mph, are expected.
Rainfall rates of about half an inch per hour are expected between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., with the potential for brief periods of up to three-quarters of an inch per hour, the weather service said.
Duarte officials issued a warrant evacuation order monday evening for about 25 homes in the scorch scar left by the Fish Fire in June. The streets will be closed and the Duarte transport service will be suspended until Tuesday and possibly until Wednesday, officials said. The Duarte Community Center at 1600 Huntington Drive served as an evacuation site for displaced residents since Monday evening.
Orange County and parts of the Inland Empire were also soaked Tuesday. The Weather Service has also issued a flash flood watch for the Bond and Silverado burn scar areas. until Wednesday morning.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department stepped up voluntary evacuation warnings Tuesday morning to mandatory evacuation orders for Silverado Canyon, Williams Canyon and Modjeska in the Bond fire burning area, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. A shelter is being set up at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 24932 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo, an OCSD spokesperson said.
Flash flood warnings were in effect for Apple and El Dorado burn scar areas in Riverside and San Bernardino counties until 1 p.m. Tuesday, weather experts said.
The communities of Oak Glen, Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village, Angelus Oaks and northeastern Yucaipa in the Apple and El Dorado fire areas are under a fire warning. evacuation Tuesday, Yucaipa Police said in a tweet.
About 2 inches of rain had already fallen on parts of the coastal slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains by 8 a.m. Tuesday. Crest Park recorded the highest rainfall total yet – 2.64 inches, weather officials said.
It was unclear how bad weather would deter voters on Election Day. Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. under gray skies and widespread rain.
The rain also affected operations at several Southern California amusement parks. Legoland in Carlsbad and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park were both closed on Tuesday, and several rides at Disneyland, including Alice in Wonderland and the Jungle Cruise, weren’t operating due to rain, officials said. park officials.
Several roads were under water on Tuesday. According to Caltrans, two hotspots were State Route 110 at Via Marisol near Highland Park, where flooding on all lanes caused traffic to stop. A vacuum truck was called to clear the road and all traffic was being diverted onto 60 Avenue, according to a spokesperson for Caltrans District 7, which includes Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
The right lane on I-5 southbound from Branford Street to Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Pacoima was closed due to storm-related flooding and drainage work, Caltrans said.
Heavy rain caused a creek bed to swell near Cajon Pass on Highway 15 between Fontana and the High Desert, where the San Bernardino County Rapid Water Crew rescued a man whose vehicle was been submerged in water. The surge forced the man out of the sunroof and eventually swept the car nearly 400 yards down the road, said San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Mike McClintock. The man was not injured, McClintock said.
Wind is another major concern, said San Diego Weather Department meteorologist Casey Oswant.
“We expect strong winds from the coast to the deserts,” Oswant said. Gusts of up to 45 mph are expected for coastal Orange County, enough to topple trees. Gusts reaching 70 mph could tear through mountains in San Bernardino County.
“The two main impacts are rain and wind,” Oswant said. “The snow will still have an impact, but not until later tonight, and it will mostly be above 6,000 or 7,000 feet.”
In northern California, heavy snowfall hit the Sierra Nevada and a winter storm warning was in effect until Wednesday morning, weather experts said. At least 17 inches of snow hit King Vale along Interstate 80 west of Truckee, and 16.3 inches was recorded at the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Laboratory in Soda Springs, with more snowfall that should accumulate throughout the day.
It’s not uncommon for a storm to dump snow on the Sierra this time of year, said National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Rowe. Once the storm passes, it will likely be “the heaviest snowfall of the season yet,” Rowe said.