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November 27, 1997 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Five students from San Gabriel High School were swept away by flood waters--with two of them confirmed dead and one still missing--as a powerful winter storm unleashed torrential downpours Wednesday on Southern California. The teenagers, who had ventured into Alhambra Wash beside the school shortly before morning classes began, were carried away by a surge in the fast-moving runoff.
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March 4, 2001 | From a Times staff writer
Rain was expected to pelt Southern California today, making a soggy Los Angeles Marathon the prelude to a wet period that could bring 3 to 6 inches by Tuesday morning, forecasters said. The Los Angeles area is under a flood watch through Monday because of expected heavy runoff, and it will be windy at times, according to Weather Central, a private forecasting service. Mountain areas are under a winter storm watch, with 3 to 5 feet of snow expected, according to the National Weather Service.
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January 19, 1993 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For most of the year, the name Riverwood Ranch is something of a misnomer. Riverwood's river is little more than a 100-yard wide swath of gravel and dust--the Big Tujunga Wash. But on those rare days when normally sunny skies unleash torrential rains, the 100 or so residents of this Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood have learned to be prepared.
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March 7, 2000 | By SYLVIA PAGAN WESTPHAL,
Greg Griego is still in shock, almost literally. And his car's melted antenna and charred bumper are a vivid reminder of Griego's close encounter with lightning while driving on the freeway in the midst of a ferocious thunderstorm. "All of a sudden I heard a loud explosion, then the whole car started glowing and smoke began to come out," said Griego, who was not hurt in the episode Sunday night on the Pomona Freeway. At first Griego thought someone with a gun had shot the car.
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March 28, 1995 | LOUISE YARNELL and ERIC MALNIC, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A massive landslide in geologically unstable Pacific Palisades buried a section of Pacific Coast Highway under up to 30 feet of rain-soaked earth, rock and debris Monday afternoon, and officials said it probably will take until tonight to reopen the heavily traveled thoroughfare. Despite the suddenness of the bluff's collapse, no one was believed trapped beneath the slide. Nonetheless, high-tech sonar and infrared searching equipment was brought in to probe the fallen earth.
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January 7, 1995 | STEPHANIE SIMON and CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jim Eakins awoke in a strange hotel room Friday morning with the disquieting knowledge that he had lost his home. Literally, lost it. The 28-foot wooden powerboat he had lived on for five years had simply vanished, ripped from its mooring in this week's stunning storm and tossed wildly through Los Angeles Harbor. Eakins had no clue where his floating home might be.
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May 1, 1988 | KAREN ROEBUCK and ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writers
Wind-whipped waves washed away a 155-foot section of the Redondo Beach pier Saturday, as gusts of up to 45 m.p.h. felled power lines, knocked down trees and fanned minor brush fires in Southern California, authorities said. A 48-year-old man was presumed drowned after he was struck by rigging and fell from a yacht sailing in 8-foot seas north of Santa Catalina Island, the Coast Guard said. A search for the man, whose name was not released, was called off about 8 p.m.
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March 7, 2000 | By SYLVIA PAGAN WESTPHAL,
Greg Griego is still in shock, almost literally. And his car's melted antenna and charred bumper are a vivid reminder of Griego's close encounter with lightning while driving on the freeway in the midst of a ferocious thunderstorm. "All of a sudden I heard a loud explosion, then the whole car started glowing and smoke began to come out," said Griego, who was not hurt in the episode Sunday night on the Pomona Freeway. At first Griego thought someone with a gun had shot the car.
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February 10, 1999 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite fender benders and gloom, Los Angeles on Tuesday was spared the drenching that forecasters had been predicting, thanks to an unexpected northward shift in the storm center. With steady afternoon rain in the San Fernando Valley, intermittent sprinkles in downtown Los Angeles and gusts in the mountains, the day turned out to be little more than dreary, messy and drizzly.
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April 7, 1999 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It didn't seem much like spring in Southern California on Tuesday night, as a wintry Pacific storm frosted cities in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains with hail and snow. At dusk, snowflakes and hail fell in a number of cities, including Pasadena, La Crescenta and La Canada-Flintridge. The snow was so heavy on Angeles Forest Highway that during the evening, about 100 cars "spun out," creating minor traffic accidents, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Richard Major.
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February 24, 2000 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A powerful Pacific storm pummeled Southern California with rain, wind and snow Wednesday, snarling commuter traffic with scores of fender-benders and sending torrents of muddy runoff down normally dry washes and riverbeds. But despite the heavy runoff, there weren't many mudslides and rock falls, even below hillsides stripped bare by recent brush fires. In South Los Angeles, employees fled into downpours when winds tore part of the roof from a church where they worked.
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February 21, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Heavy seasonal rainstorms hit the Los Angeles-area Sunday, wreaking havoc on the roads, uncorking mudslides, flooding highways and sparking flash flood warnings across Los Angeles and Orange counties. By nightfall half an inch of rain had fallen in downtown Los Angeles, 0.6 of an inch in Long Beach and 0.7 in Burbank. As much as 2 inches could accumulate in the Los Angeles Basin before the rains taper off tonight, said Guy Pearson, a forecaster at WeatherData Inc.
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January 26, 2000
The Pacific storm that dumped rain on the area Tuesday will give way to partly cloudy skies and breezy conditions later this week as high pressure builds over the San Fernando Valley, forecasters said. Rainfall accumulations totaled 0.53 inches at Burbank, 0.70 inches in Northridge, 0.78 inches in Woodland Hills and 0.50 inches in Van Nuys, said Amy Talmage, a meteorologist for WeatherData Inc., which provides weather forecasts for The Times.
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April 24, 1999 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN
A brief storm packing heavy rain, high winds and marble-sized hail passed through the Valley on Friday evening, capturing attention with thunder and lightning during the rush-hour commute. Two power-pole fires were reported simultaneously in Chatsworth immediately after a spectacular lightning flash, but officials said they could not be certain the fires were caused by lightning.
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April 7, 1999 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It didn't seem much like spring in Southern California on Tuesday night, as a wintry Pacific storm frosted cities in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains with hail and snow. At dusk, snowflakes and hail fell in a number of cities, including Pasadena, La Crescenta and La Canada-Flintridge. The snow was so heavy on Angeles Forest Highway that during the evening, about 100 cars "spun out," creating minor traffic accidents, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Richard Major.
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March 26, 1999 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The soggy Pacific storm that slogged through Southern California on Thursday snarled commuter traffic on rain-slick streets and contributed to at least two fatal accidents. A 15-year-old high school student was killed and three other students suffered minor injuries shortly after noon when their van hydroplaned and smashed into a utility pole in Irvine. The four teenagers were on lunch break when the van, driven by a 17-year-old male student, began hydroplaning, police said.
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January 27, 1999 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A second day of stormy weather brought more rain and snow to the Southland on Tuesday, triggering another rash of traffic-tangling fender-benders and slowing mountain travel to a crawl. Officials said rain-slicked streets led to more than twice the normal number of accidents during the morning commute. In one crash on the Golden State Freeway near Elysian Park, a car was crushed beneath an overturned big rig, but the car's driver escaped serious injury.
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February 7, 1998 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN and CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The second major rainstorm of the week pounded the San Fernando Valley on Friday, flooding streets and causing power outages and traffic accidents, including a cluster of chain-reaction fender-benders on the Ventura Freeway that banged up more than 50 vehicles. More rain is forecast over the next four days, although it is predicted to be of less intensity, said a forecaster for WeatherData Inc., which provides forecasts for The Times.
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March 24, 1999
The first storm of the spring is expected to bring rain to Los Angeles and some snow at resort levels in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains on Thursday. "The chance of rain looks pretty good," said Jeff House, a meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., which provides forecasts for The Times. "It should start before dawn and continue, off and on, into the afternoon," he said.
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February 10, 1999 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite fender benders and gloom, Los Angeles on Tuesday was spared the drenching that forecasters had been predicting, thanks to an unexpected northward shift in the storm center. With steady afternoon rain in the San Fernando Valley, intermittent sprinkles in downtown Los Angeles and gusts in the mountains, the day turned out to be little more than dreary, messy and drizzly.
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