A wet commute greeted southern California Monday morning, as the first rainfall of the year drenched Los Angeles. However, experts are warning that the rain could bring more than cooler temperatures. In fact, all of Los Angeles County (except for Antelope Valley), along with Ventura County and parts of Santa Barbara County are now under a flash flood warning, according to the National Weather Service.
Moreover, areas recently affected by fires are at risk of landslides, according to the NWS, especially since this will be the most rain Los Angeles sees in almost a year.
“People in burn areas need to take protective measures and listen for evacuation messages,” NWS Meteorologist Joe Sirad told reporters on Monday.
A few communities, like Duarte in the San Gabriel Valley, have already launched their evacuation orders. 180 homes near the Fish Fire burn area must be evacuated by 7 p.m., police said. An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at the Duarte Community Center, while classes at nearby Valley View Elementary School have been anceled.
The cities of Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Long Beach, Acton, Mount Wilson, Sandberg, Santa Clarita, Newhall, Valencia, Woodland Hills, Northridge, Burbank, Universal City, Pasadena, San Gabriel, and Pomona are especially under threat, NWS said.
Tuesday is shaping up to see even more rainfall, Sirad said. Computer models indicate today’s preliminary warm storm and bigger cold storm on Tuesday will both be wetter than first thought, with south-facing slopes forecast to receive five to six inches of rain over the course of a few hours. Snowfall is expected in the mountains, while the rest of LA deals with high winds.