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March 2, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
Scattered showers are expected Sunday morning and afternoon, but the storm should move out in time for the Oscar red carpet festivities in Hollywood. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30% of rain through the afternoon. Partly cloudy skies are forecast for the evening. All lanes on Hollywood Boulevard will be closed from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue at 10 p.m. and will remain closed until 6 a.m. Tuesday. PHOTOS: L.A. rainstorms Sidewalks and alleys were also slated to be closed Sunday, the Academy said in a statement.
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
El Niño, nature's most powerful influence on weather around the globe, has been in a lull for two years. But indications suggest that could change as early as fall. Since spring 2012, the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean has not warmed enough to create an El Niño. Nor has it cooled to form a La Niña. Instead, it has lingered in an in-between state some experts call "La Nada. " Though it is too early to predict with much certainty, scientists say their observations and computer models show increasing signs of El Niño's return, which might portend more rain for California.
March 1, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Roberta Armani hosted a pre-Oscar bash at the Giorgio Armani Beverly Hills boutique Friday, celebrating Italian heritage and the directors of two Academy Award-nominated films: Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Paolo Sorrentino for the foreign-language film “The Great Beauty.” (Scorcese is also nominated for best director.) The crowd: Not even the downpour that flooded many of L.A.'s streets could stop a multitude of A-listers from heading to Rodeo Drive to pay homage to the directors.
March 1, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Southern California braced for more rain -- and possible tornadoes and thunderstorms -- Saturday afternoon from a powerful Pacific storm that earlier prompted evacuations in several fire-ravaged hillside communities. Those areas so far have managed to escape any major damage, but mandatory evacuation orders remained in place for parts of Glendora, Monrovia and Azusa. Early Saturday mud from an unstable hillside in Azusa oozed into the backyard of one home. Los Angeles County Fire Capt.
March 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Busch won a rain-shortened NASCAR Nationwide race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, his third consecutive win at the one-mile oval in NASCAR's second-level series. Busch, driving the No. 54 Toyota, dominated until rain halted the event with 32 laps left in the 200-lap race. It was the seventh Nationwide victory overall at Phoenix for Busch, who mainly drives in NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series. He celebrated the win in an infield tent as rain poured down on Victory Lane.
March 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Rong-Gong Lin II
A flash flood watch remained in effect for large parts of Southern California  amid a powerful rainstorm that will keep the region wet through Sunday. Officials warned of possible coastal flooding and waves topping 12 feet at some beaches Saturday. In the mountains, snow levels dropped to 5,500 feet. On Friday night, the storms brought lightning and strong winds. Early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of L.A. County. The weather service posted on Twitter a map showing what it said was "a weak tornado" near Walnut and Azusa.
March 1, 2014 | By Shelby Grad
After sitting out much of the winter weather season, California is at the center of the action this weekend with a series of powerful storms. Below are some maps that show the impact of the storms, which are the strongest in Southern California in two years. Downtown Los Angeles received more than 2 inches of rain on Friday alone, more than it got for the entire rain season so far, which began in July. The first map above shows the rain activity in California compared to the rest of the country.
February 28, 2014 | By Scott Gold, Ruben Vives and Hailey Branson-Potts
A potent storm gave Southern California a more thorough soaking on Friday than it has seen in more than three years, bringing both cheers in a drought-stricken state and anxiety as it sent mud billowing through hillside neighborhoods and clogged roads. Downtown Los Angeles saw more rain by Friday afternoon - 1.7 inches - than it had seen during the entire rest of the "rain year," starting last July. For some, it was a harrowing day - for two drivers who were rescued after getting trapped by a rock slide near Malibu; for two men rescued from a downed tree in the suddenly roiling Los Angeles River; for hundreds who lost electricity when a power pole toppled over near a Long Beach police station.
February 28, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities on Friday pleaded with Glendora residents to heed evacuation orders as the second of two winter storms continued to douse the region with more rain than the area has seen in years, sending mud and debris down hillside streets. Officials warned residents who chose to stay put -- as some have -- that if disaster struck they would have to hunker down and wait it out until it was safe for crews to come in and assist. "As long as the mud is flowing, we cannot go into moving mud and debris and risk our personnel," Steve Martin of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said at a news conference. "Understand this: If there is mud coming down, fire personnel cannot get to you. " About 1,000 homes are in the section affected by the Colby fire last month in Azusa and Glendora are covered by the mandatory evacuation order, issued amid fears that mud and debris could inundate them.
February 28, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
It's a fashion and beauty conundrum that could only exist in L.A.: How will a star attending this year's Oscars avoid a drenched hemline or deflated hairdo if it's still raining on Sunday afternoon? The last time there was a rainy Oscar red carpet was 2010, and even though this week's storm comes during a severe drought, Hollywood isn't used to having its glamour compromised by the elements. After months of preparation and negotiating the right dress from the right designer, plus hair and makeup trials, Hollywood's best fashion pros may be rethinking their game plan or at the very least implementing every trick in the book to ensure their clients look as flawless as if it were 75 degrees and sunny.
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