Warmer weather on tap for Southern California after weekend of storms
A cold front will reach California later today, dropping temperatures to record low levels.
The National Weather Service will issue its next winter storm summary on Monday afternoon.
Friday night brought nearly five inches of rain and two other storms at points along the coast, bringing a deluge as heavy snow, flooding and tree and power line damage struck the region.
“A lot of debris” was removed from power lines on Saturday, said Jennifer Stracher, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison.
There were about 100 wildfires, mostly along the coast, as of Saturday morning, Stracher said.
The weather service issued storm warnings in many areas, including on the Klamath and Modoc national forests, the city of Santa Barbara, cities around San Francisco and southern Kern County and around the Los Angeles area, and the cities of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Redlands, Hemet, Goleta and Yorba Linda, north of Los Angeles.
A storm warning was issued for portions of the Pacific Ocean coast from Crescent City to Santa Barbara, with a storm watch for Santa Cruz, south of the Big Sur coast.
There were 1,000 more power outages because of the weekend storms, utility officials said.
In San Diego, the sheriff’s office issued a press release saying that two officers were treated for heat-related illnesses on Saturday after sleeping through the heat.
“That’s a pretty scary thought if you’re a police officer,” said San Manuel Band of Luiseno, California.
In Long Beach, the city issued a press release saying that during the storm, at least one resident lost power.
“A good portion of our public safety department officers have been mobilized to respond to calls,” said Long Beach Police Sgt. Anthony Cimpella. He said that the city is also working with the department of the Army National Guard to send officers to help out.
The California Highway Patrol said in a statement that the department responded to calls involving multiple fatalities and major accidents on the Peninsula, including at least one motorcycle crash in San Diego.
The weather service forecast drier weather