Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 18:54:15 +1100
Any damage much ?
Thats more than we get , and usualy it busts roofs , dents up cars , smashes
windows.... ususal stuff
100 year storm.
At lease one roof colapse, in Walnut, CA;
flooding, caused by blocked storm drains;
kids in Watts,enjoying a "snow day", throwing balls of hail;
motorists stuck in commute, as water rises to windows and cars float; and
some cars and buildings filled with a foot or two of dirty water.
LOS ANGELES — Thunder roared, lightning ripped through the skies and hail
slammed into four counties Wednesday as an intense storm flooded streets and
freeways, darkened neighborhoods and interrupted air travel.
Fast-flowing water turned some south county streets to rivers, swamping cars at
the height of rush hour and rising to the doorsteps of homes and stores.
Firefighters rescued more than 100 motorists from atop vehicles and pedestrians
from waist-deep waters that swept along urban debris. In many areas, neighbors
opened their homes to those stranded.
The storm's wrath was amplified when it stalled and kept its worst cells over
the same areas for long periods of time.
"It's been freaky," said Capt. Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire
Department. "We've had an increase of calls due to the weather, from pole fires
caused by lightning strikes, to persons trapped in elevators due to the loss of
power, to numerous motorists stranded in their vehicles."
Rain in the most severely hit areas was coming down at 3 inches per hour, the
National Weather Service said. Five inches of rain fell at 96th Street and
Central Avenue in South Los Angeles in less than two hours, the agency said.
A thin layer of frozen rain covered the ground in parts of Compton, 10 miles
south of Los Angeles, prompting some teens to make the best of the storm with
Twenty-five incoming flights were diverted from Los Angeles International
Airport to San Francisco, Ontario and San Diego, said Larri Frelow, an
operations officer with the Federal Aviation Administration.
A Virgin Atlantic Airways flight arriving from London was diverted to Ontario
at 6 p.m. Passengers on the plane spent the next three hours on the runway
because the airport did not have customs officials on duty, LAX spokeswoman
Nancy Castles Castles said.
Nearly 10,000 electrical customers were left without power for extended
periods, Southern California Edison Co. spokesman Steve Conroy said. Outages
included Compton, 10 miles south of Los Angeles, neighboring South Gate and
Watts, then east through the San Gabriel Valley to Montebello, Covina,
Monrovia, El Monte, West Covina and into San Bernardino County, where Chino
Hills was especially hard hit.
In downtown Los Angeles, the upscale Millennium Biltmore Hotel lost power for
Some of the repair crews worked recently to restore power after the wildfires
and Wednesday were deployed to restore electricity due to lightning strikes on
power equipment, Conroy said. They were expected to work through the night and
into the morning to restore power, he said.
"We were hoping to give them a rest, then this storm popped up," he said. "It's
the nature of the work we do. They have to re-engage."
As the storm moved through the region, outage calls shifted to parts of Orange,
Riverside and San Bernardino counties, he said.
Television helicopters showed large blackened areas where power had been zapped
by lightning strikes.
The weather service issued flash flood warnings for southern and eastern Los
Angeles County. Officials later extended the flood warning to parts of Orange,
Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including Rancho Cucamonga and Upland,
which were recently threatened by the wildfires.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Roland Sprewell said dozens of
residents reported flooding in their homes. In the foothills east of Los
Angeles, officials were bracing for possible flooding and mudslides from land
recently denuded by the wildfires.
Cheryl Hamlett and her daughter in Compton saw the weather problems in their
neighborhood on television so decided to cancel Bible study classes at Greater
Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church.
"We said 'We can't go there.' So we started calling everybody and telling them
not to show up," Hamlett said. "The biggest problem was they couldn't reach
some people and got busy signals for others."
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