Rain in Southern California: Caltrans officials are urging drivers across the state to stay off the roads if possible

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A strong storm plunged southern California into rain Thursday morning, and Caltrans officials urged drivers to stay off the roads if possible.

The rain began Wednesday morning and turned torrential Thursday morning in what was expected to be the storm’s highest intensity.

To get that message across, Caltrans officials used highway signs across the country that read, “Severe weather, avoid travel until Thursday evening.”

Drivers have been urged to stay off the roads as the storm drenches southern California

One of the main concerns was street flooding, which became a reality as the bulk of the storm fell.

Eyewitness News encountered severe flooding at the intersection of Tujunga Avenue and Saticoy Street in Sun Valley on Thursday morning. A car got stuck in the flood water in this area.

“Slow down. Unfortunately, too many people think they can drive like they normally would when it’s dry outside, and that leads to so many accidents,” said Doug Shupe of the Auto Club of Southern California. “Slow down and give yourself extra space between your vehicle and other vehicles.

“On a wet road, a vehicle needs 2-3 times more braking distance than on a dry road. What is happening is that people are driving too close behind other cars, they are driving too fast for the conditions. You have to brake and that causes aquaplaning and then you crash.”

Caltrans officials had cleared a section of SR-2 in the Angeles National Forest below State Route 39, but drivers were advised to investigate Quickmap.dot.ca.gov for chain requirements.

In Los Angeles, Laurel Canyon Boulevard was closed from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday to allow officers to set up cordons and make other preparations for possible flooding.

A flood warning has been issued for much of the region, particularly for areas still recovering from wildfires.

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A high wind watch was also issued for Ventura County through early Thursday morning.

Conditions are expected to dry up by Thursday evening and continue into Friday. A series of “weak disturbances” are expected over the weekend, but “there will likely be drier and less cloudy intervals between clouds and rain,” forecasters said.

Temperatures will remain about six degrees cooler than normal throughout the weekend.

With the rain falling, Los Angeles County Health Departments issued their standard alert to keep people out of the seawater near drains, streams and rivers. A rain warning for seawater quality is in effect until at least 7am on Friday.

Health officials found that rainwater reaching the ocean can carry bacteria, chemicals, trash and other health hazards. People who come in contact with affected water in the ocean could get sick, health officials said.

More rain was forecast early next week, with the possibility of showers Sunday through Tuesday, according to the NWS.

City News Service, Inc. contributed to this report.

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Laura Coffey

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