Gale forces winds expected in coastal waters


More rain expected on Christmas Day.

Showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected to continue through this evening, according to the National Weather Service, and gale force winds will pose a threat to mariners as well as produce dangerous rip currents across coastal waters.

The NWS also advises that if the stronger thunderstorms develop, there will be the potential for high intensity rainfall, bringing a significant risk for dangerous flashing flooding and debris flows, especially in recent burn areas.

The storm, which has brought record rainfall to Southern California, is the result of a rare weather pattern that comes through the area about once every 10 years.

Sunny weather is expected to return on Thursday. However, another storm system is expected to hit the area on Christmas Day and Sunday. Light to moderate rainfall is expected.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said: ?After five days of rain, the ground is saturated throughout our county. With another major storm scheduled to hit Los Angeles tonight and tomorrow, it won?t take much to destabilize hillsides and slopes. Should a problem arise in your community, here are some phone numbers to call:

If you live in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, such as in the Santa Monica or San Gabriel mountains, please call (626) 458-HELP (4357). To report storm drain or sewer line problems in the City of Los Angeles, contact the Bureau of Sanitation at (213) 485-7575 between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and midnight. Other problems can be reported by calling the city?s central services number?311. No matter where you live in the region, for life threatening emergencies call 911.

Other important numbers:

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department- (310) 456-6652

Los Angeles County Fire Department – (310) 317-1802

Malibu Urgent Care: (310) 456-7551

Electric: Southern California Edison – (800) 611-1911 (24-hour emergency number)