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In Like a Lion: Spring Arrives in SoCal With a Fierce Storm

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The rain fell steadily and heavily yesterday over the Greater Los Angeles area for hours--12-14 hours in most areas--and this morning, though the rain has stopped, the cleanup continues. A number of roads remain closed, including Angeles Forest Highway, portions of Topanga Canyon Road, Pacific Coast Highway at Point Mugu, and the I-5 through the Grapevine, according to LA Now. (As always, keep up with road closures and delays via the LA Co. DPW's site.)

Thousands of people found themselves without power yesterday and into last night, as fallen trees and branches, as well as whipping winds, downed power lines. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has about 40,000 of their customers in the dark, and nearly 50,000 Southern California Edison in the region were without power. Roof collapses were reported at businesses in Garden Grove and Granada Hills.

In Woodland Hills, a dozen homes were evacuated Sunday evening when a retaining wall on N. Regalo Road was pressured by a potential debris flow, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department email alert. The LAFD also reported that there was a 62% increase in 9-1-1 calls yesterday.

Flights out of Bob Hope Airport in Burbank were canceled, with a handful of arriving flights diverted. At Los Angeles International Airport just two incoming flights were diverted, and while motorists headed for the facility may experience traffic delays, says the Daily Breeze, the airport is not experiencing any storm-related problems.

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The National Weather Service has a list of rainfall totals from yesterday, reports the Press-Telegram. How much rain did your part of the region get?

Newhall leads with 7.12 inches as of 11 p.m., Van Nuys got 6.60 inches, Northridge 5.92, Chatsworth Reservoir 5.53, Hansen Dam 5.13, Canoga Park 4.72 and Burbank 4.02. [...]Beverly Hills got 4.12 inches, Monte Nido 3.98, Getty Center 3.72, UCLA 3.24, Santa Monica 2.95, Culver City 2.68, LAX 2.45, Redondo Beach 2.12, Hawthorne 1.86, Torrance 1.84 and Long Beach 1.20.

In the L.A. County deserts,Valyermo got 2.56 inches of rain, Palmdale 1.67 and Lancaster 1.41.

In Orange County, .66 inches have been reported at Fullerton Airport, .56 inches at John Wayne Airport, .55 in San Juan Capistrano, .48 in Huntington Beach, .46 in Santa Ana, .41 in Dana Point, .27 in Costa Mesa and .09 in Anaheim.

So is this rain going to return? We could see a little bit more today, including possible thundershowers this afternoon, but tomorrow we'll get a break from the rain. For the rest of the week, expect chilly temps, and, yes...more rain. Forecaster say, however, it will not be as bad as yesterday. Welcome to Spring!

Plus: In Photos: Rainpocalypse, March 2011 Edition