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post #31 of 52
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It's actually not pouring here yet, either. But it's rather windy, and indeed thundery. It is raining, though. And yes, often the Valley has worse weather than other places.

Best-
Michele
post #32 of 52
ACK! I am in Los Angeles myself.........having come out here for ten days to work. It is pouring here this morning, and the wind is picking up. Hope that the storm doesn't get too bad while I am here...........but of course, there are plenty of places where it is worse in the world right now. Sure am looking forward to spring this year, though!
post #33 of 52
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Originally Posted by D'Elle and Beau
ACK! I am in Los Angeles myself.........having come out here for ten days to work. It is pouring here this morning, and the wind is picking up. Hope that the storm doesn't get too bad while I am here...........but of course, there are plenty of places where it is worse in the world right now. Sure am looking forward to spring this year, though!
Hang in there, D'Elle.

Last update before I leave for the office.

The first mudslide from this rain event has occurred in East Los Angeles...

Here is the website for the local news...some good video and photos of what we're handling.

http://www.nbc4.tv/index.html

I've got to try to get into the office now...see ya all later! (And yes, I'm bundled up nicely....)

Best-
Michele
post #34 of 52
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Originally Posted by noni
Hang in there, D'Elle.

Last update before I leave for the office.

The first mudslide from this rain event has occurred in East Los Angeles...

Here is the website for the local news...some good video and photos of what we're handling.

http://www.nbc4.tv/index.html

I've got to try to get into the office now...see ya all later! (And yes, I'm bundled up nicely....)

Best-
Michele
Hi Michele and everyone else in California...sorry I just now had time to check in, was pouring rain this morning when I got up, hubby decided that he wanted to return the generator he bought last night in favor of a larger one but while he was still calling and checking around it started snowing , I made a hurried trip to Jasper's vet to pickup his refil meds. and a very hurried trip to the store across the street for some bottled water and lunch meat, then I headed for home, the snow is already sticking and they are closing down I-5 , at least my husband is home with me this time, cuz the snowplows don't come down our street and anyway our area is a low priority anyway since we are not "in town"...from listening to the news on TV southern CA is getting totally slammed and now are getting some earthquakes too, so please pray for those living in the southern CA area I am thinking of you friends.......
post #35 of 52
hey did you guys bounce of the cali vibes and send them over here?

It's freakin scary here.. we have just stopped having thunder storms, and the rain is torrnential.. mjaor flooding here in NZ, and the sky is black! this is so SCARY!
post #36 of 52
Here are some of our weather pics - the rain got a bit lighter so I could take a few. This is only the third time it's been this bad since we lived here. Of course our fence got blown over the last time it was this bad.

Look how thick the water is on our path-





Of course our suburb isn't as bad as some, some people can't even get out of their houses the rain is so heavy.

Poor tree got some of it's flowers blown off

post #37 of 52
Seems funny I'm complaining about a few flowers where as up the road 15 minutes there is MILLIONS of $$ worth of damage -





Hmm well after posting pics I would normally say enjoy, but yip this is what our summer looks like!
post #38 of 52
Well, the drive home took twice as long and I hydroplaned several times. I hate doing that on the freeway. I left work at 1pm and there were already accidents all over the place. We don't have water in the house yet, but DH dug a trench in the back yard and it's almost full so we'll be seeing it soon. They also reported thunder and lightening near Qualcomm Stadium (we don't get much of that around here). This is going to affect the Jets/Charger playoff game. Chargers are still favored by 7 points, but if it's raining like this there's no way to tell who will win the game so a lot of San Diegans are up in arms about that too. DH is on call this weekend and they're already trying to find leaks on base so I guess I won't be seeing much of him.
post #39 of 52
Just got home from work. My ceiling is leaking! Time to call the landlord. Won't he be thrilled. Becky
post #40 of 52
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It really is bad out there. It took me almost 30 minutes to make a 3 mile drive to work; I watched a tree come down into the wash (thank God; the other way were cars) and it sailed away. About 1ish a whole slew of fire engines, helicopters and squad cars came tearing around...someone fell in the Los Angeles river.

The wind was laying trees down all over. It was driving sheets of rain laterally across the parking lot...it was really, really yucky out there. There is standing water on EVERY street, some as deep as 18 inches. More often than not, the curbs are under water, and each intersection must be negotiated with lots of care. Lots of cars hydroplaning, rearending into each other, and parked cars. I had to drive ever so carefully because I couldn't even see the lane division.

I am definitely glad to be home...no doubt, no question. The heat's on, dinner's warming up, and my kitties love me. I'm all right.

However...tomorrow night the "big" storm will arrive...and that's the one that is expected to create the worst of this series. It's so very saturated already; the LA river is within 6 feet of it's banks...there's not much room for any more water to go to.

Man boy howdy, this will be an interesting weekend. And Carolcat, I didn't feel any eq's...thank Goodness. We really don't need one right now, you know?

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Michele
post #41 of 52
Looks like the earthquzke was out east near Anza and Palm Desert/Palm Springs.
post #42 of 52
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http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_sybd.html

Huh. Well, lookie at that. I didn't feel anything at all, and there seems to have been a 4.5 and a 4.4 . There was a 3 something or other in Pomona the other day, but that isn't something which I would've felt either.

Good grief. 4's like that can be precursor shakes, and not always at the location of a big one; a big one can be many miles away....

Good thing the EQ kit is out and ready....

You know, in thinking about it, I really could do without that. Floods, rain, storms, being sick for two weeks...and now an earthquake? I'm gonna find a rock, dig a hole, and crawl in it...somewhere dry.

Sigh....

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Michele
post #43 of 52
Michele,
Digging a hole in the ground is not the wisest thing to do when an earthquake threatens. Is it?

Stay safe, friend. And practice up on your dodging skills by playing the Atari game Frogger.
post #44 of 52
We don't think much of earthquakes over here in NC. So, I'm wondering, what do you keep in your EQ kit? Do you prepare in a similar manner in which we would prepare for a hurricane?
post #45 of 52
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Originally Posted by noni
Same up here. 'Course, I have my entire earthquake kit (which would feed a small army for a week) so I'm good to go. [My earthquake kit is rather impressive, if I say so myself; everything up to and including lamps, water purifier tablets, heavy plastic/duct tape and extra medications...]
Hope that helps, dawnofsierra.
post #46 of 52
I didn't feel the quakes myself, and I was up and at work during the time that they occured. I think they were in the Inland Empire.

As far as the rain situation here in LA goes, they say the worst of it will be sometime on Saturday. I'm going to stay inside and hopefully dry. I like rain, but not this much and not this cold

The rain is causing a lot of sink holes in the streets. This past week, I ran over one, and ended destroyeing one of my tires. Luckily I was able to make it to work, and part way home, when I had to stop and get a new tire.
post #47 of 52
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Originally Posted by mrsd
Hope that helps, dawnofsierra.
Thanks!
post #48 of 52
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
We don't think much of earthquakes over here in NC. So, I'm wondering, what do you keep in your EQ kit? Do you prepare in a similar manner in which we would prepare for a hurricane?
Know what? I have no idea how to prepare for a hurricane...MrsD posted some of the things I have in my EQ kit, but it also includes first aid, extra clothes/shoes, and blankets. I keep a smaller version of myEQ kit in my car, in the trunk, and my home EQ kit I keep under the bed (it's a huge, oak raised 4 poster - will likely survive most eq's).

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Michele,
Digging a hole in the ground is not the wisest thing to do when an earthquake threatens. Is it?

Stay safe, friend. And practice up on your dodging skills by playing the Atari game Frogger.
MrsD, I have never even heard of Frogger. And no, a hole in the ground is not the best place during an EQ, not to mention it would be seriously muddy right now.

Weather update:

Here is the latest satillite imagery of the storm coming today....
http://www.goes.noaa.gov/WCIR3.html
See the big long "tail" coming through CA? That's it. Big, wet, strong, and bad bad bad.

There is a third storm lurking, too...if you look at the left bottom quarter of the pix, you will see another stream of green/yellow/red. Depending upon the pressure system, that one will hit us either late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

There have been several deaths already reported; some from car accidents, but several from people drowning. Many "fast water rescues" have taken place, and flooding is all over. The winds aren't bad at all - maybe 7 mph from the south at the moment, but they're expected to pick up as the storm moves through.

There is literally no place for the water to go at all. As Hope said, there are sink holes everywhere, and driving is extremely dangerous. I hit a hole last night on the drive home - didn't see it, it was covered by water - and I dented both fenders on the edges. Rest assured I'll avoid that street today. Because yes, I have to go to the office....

That's the morning update! If you're dry and warm, consider yourself lucky!

Best-
Michele
post #49 of 52
What can I say... welcome to Scotland My area has certainly been taking a severe bashing and we've been on flood warnings for well over a week now. Winter hasn't really been snowy, but quite mild and very, very wet. We've had gales up to 60 mph here for the last week or so (quite disconcerting when you're surrounded by trees) and it's been keeping me up all night Storm damage... well the worst we've had is someone washed into the river this morning, but they've been successfully retrieved and hopefully no-one else will be stupid enough to think that this weather is ideal for fishing.

Batten down the hatches and stay safe - I'm sure you'll get by fine enough. to everyone!
post #50 of 52
We're having a lull in the storm right now. It's 11:14am here on the West Coast of the USA. It's dark and gloomy but not raining. Thankfully, it's not as cold as it was yesterday.
post #51 of 52
My landlord took advantage of the calm to put plastic over the bad area of the roof. He put wood on it though, to hold it down and I don't have high hopes for it staying there because there is supposed to be a lot of wind with this storm. I get to look forward to reroofing as soon as things dry out. I might board the cats at the vet for that because there will be people coming in to replace the light fixture in the bedroom since that is where the leak came through. Fun, fun, fun. Becky
post #52 of 52
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Originally Posted by noni
Know what? I have no idea how to prepare for a hurricane...MrsD posted some of the things I have in my EQ kit, but it also includes first aid, extra clothes/shoes, and blankets. I keep a smaller version of myEQ kit in my car, in the trunk, and my home EQ kit I keep under the bed (it's a huge, oak raised 4 poster - will likely survive most eq's).
Sounds as if you're well prepared for any earthquakes, Michele! You're really smart to be so prepared! Hope you're staying safe and dry!
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