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If You're Reading This, Chances Are You Didn't Float Away Last Night

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Last night's powerful rains beat down on Los Angeles, and Southern California in general, with a vengeance. Widespread power outages, mudslides, and flooded roads are just some of the consequences of the overnight downpour.

Most of the road flooding occurred in the San Fernando Valley, reports the Daily News: "Among them, Forest Lawn Drive between Memorial Park and the Los Angeles Zoo was closed because of excessive run-off, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jason Lee said." Numerous roads and intersections were completely overwhelmed by the rapidly accumulating rainfall, forcing closures to the following streets: Burbank Boulevard at Hayvenhurst Avenue; Victory Boulevard at Woodley Avenue; Woodley Avenue between Victory Boulevard and Burbank Boulevard;Balboa Boulevard and Victory Boulevard;Burbank Boulevard at Balboa Boulevard;Hayvenhurst Avenue at the Ventura (101) Freeway; and Victory Boulevard at Haskell Avenue (Daily News).

According to CBS2.com, south of Los Angeles, "authorities in Orange County ordered an estimated 3,000 residents to evacuate homes in four canyons scarred by wildfires and therefore prone to mudslides." Threats of flash flooding and mudslides are spread throughout Southern California, and warnings have been issued for areas that have recently burned in parts of Malibu and in West Central Los Angeles, as well as in regions of neighboring Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties.

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At least one million people lost power, and LA's transit system suffered when power was lost at 3 of its Blue Line Stations, affecting late-night riders. Flights in and out of LAX are experiencing delays, and traffic accidents are rampant, with close to two hundred reported overnight.

The current Los Angeles forecast calls for more rain--a 90% chance today--for the entire weekend.

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