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February 28, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
SeaWorld closed Friday amid the strong storms that have hit Southern California. "Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority," tweeted Clyde the sea lion. Extreme weather conditions (heavy rain & strong winds): We're closed today (2/28). Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority. - Clyde Sea Lion (@ClydeSeaWorldSD) February 28, 2014 But if you still feel like heading to a theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood was open Friday and handing out free hot chocolate and coffee for those willing to brave the rain -- and the traffic -- for the Transformers and Shrek 4-D rides.
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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.
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February 27, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Even as Los Angeles wades through the middle of one of the wettest periods in at least two years, public officials and weather forecasters say it will do little to catch the region up on one of the driest rain seasons on record, and may not decrease fire danger much at all. "Although Los Angeles County is expected to receive some significant rainfall ... our region is still in a drought and fire danger remains high," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich...
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February 27, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Kate Mather and Ari Bloomekatz
Fearing possible mudslides, Glendora and Azusa have issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents living in areas impacted by the Colby fire.In Glendora, residents north of Sierra Madre Avenue between Yucca Ridge Road and Glendora Mountain Road must evacuate. In Azusa, the order applies to residents on Ridge View Drive. Authorities have said that more than 1,000 homes are threatened by a possible mudslide and that the evacuations are being ordered as a precaution. An evacuation center is located at the Crowther Center, 241 W. Dawson Ave., in Glendora.
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February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A series of storm systems hitting Southern California has prompted a high-surf advisory in Los Angeles County, with forecasters warning of possible beach erosion and high tides that could cause property damage. The advisory is slated to be in effect until at 5 p.m. Sunday, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. In addition to potential property damage, the high surf could create strong and dangerous rip tides, Seto said, as well as waves that can suddenly wash people off of rocks and jetties, known as sneaker waves.
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February 27, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ari Bloomekatz
The sun may have been shining in Glendora on Thursday morning, but crews continued to work in 12-hour shifts to fill sandbags and lay concrete K-rails along the base of the fire-charred foothills.  "We're preparing for the worst, hoping for the best," Glendora City Manager Chris Jeffers said. "We can't prevent it; Mother Nature is gonna do what Mother Nature is gonna do. " Since Wednesday, crews have been working around the clock filling the sandbags and distributing them to locals.
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February 26, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
As a powerful dual storm system moves into California on Wednesday, weather forecasters say Los Angeles County can expect to see its share of the rain sometime after 6 p.m. Rainfall from the first storm is expected to last until Thursday morning, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service. It could bring as much as a quarter-inch of rain to L.A. County. A second, stronger storm is expected Friday morning, Seto said. That storm could bring up to 1 to 2 inches of rain, and as much as 4 inches in the mountains.
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February 26, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Ruben Vives
Downtown Los Angeles may get half of the 3.6 inches of rain it received in all of 2013 from the upcoming storm systems, according to AccuWeather officials. The two storm systems are expected to move into Southern California starting Wednesday and will last through the start of the weekend.   The rainfall would bring little relief amid a state of emergency drought that was issued by Gov. Jerry Brown more than a month ago. Los Angeles County officials are asking residents and businesses to shut irrigation systems off. PHOTOS: Los Angeles prepares for rain storms “We all need to do our part to help conserve water, so the very best and most effective thing anyone of us can do to take immediate advantage of the coming rain is to simply shut our sprinkler systems off,” said Supervisor Don Knabe.
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February 26, 2014 | By David Keeps
For Academy Award winners and presenters, the Architectural Digest green room is a backstage oasis of pampering calm, a place where the stars can perch on bar stools without rumpling their clothes and steady themselves with a cup of coffee or a cocktail. “And there has always been a place for people to smoke,” said David Rockwell, who was the original architect of the Dolby Theatre in 2001 (when it was known as the Kodak) and created sets for the 2009 Oscar broadcast. “It was the loading dock.” Tapped by Architectural Digest to create this year's green room, Rockwell has transformed that loading dock into a California garden room that adjoins the green room, a first for the Academy Awards.
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February 26, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Glendora officials increased their emergency flood alert level Wednesday, calling for voluntary evacuations in the Colby fire burn area ahead of two winters storms expected to douse the region. The storm systems forecast for Wednesday to Saturday are expected to be the wettest weather that Los Angeles has experienced in two years and a welcome reprieve from dry, summer-like conditions during what is supposed to be Southern California's rainy season.  But in areas such as Glendora and Azusa, where the recent Colby fire scorched more than 1,900 acres of hillsides, the storms are causing some anxiety as residents prepare for potential flooding and mudslides.  PHOTOS: Los Angeles prepares for rain storms Glendora increased its  alert level to orange , which means voluntary evacuation orders were in effect for the Colby fire burn impact area.
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