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It's Raining In LA, And We All Know How That's Going. There's Even A Chance Of Thunder And Hail

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The westbound 118 Freeway was completely shut down at Topanga Canyon Boulevard thanks to a big rig that jackknifed across multiple lanes on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Caltrans)
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We really shouldn't be surprised. We knew rain was on the way. We know that more accidents happen when water is falling from the sky. We know Angelenos have a reputation for not being able to drive in the rain (we looked into that here).

It's a cold, wet slog all over Southern California today as rainy conditions and accidents hampered commutes.

Caltrans' traffic map shows the current nightmare on the roads and multiple agencies are tweeting photos of the mayhem drivers and authorities are witnessing today.

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There's even a chance of thunderstorms and hail in the region, according to the National Weather Service.

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A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter crew had to rescue a man out of the L.A. River in the Atwater Village area Thursday morning. The man was found clinging to a tree mid-channel as the water rose in the storm. The crew hoisted him to safety and transported him to a local hospital, where he is being treated for hypothermia, according to LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

While most Angelenos will be contending with traffic today, residents in and around the burn zones of recent wildfires are bracing for possible mudslides and debris flow.

LAist/KPCC reporters Emily Dugdale and Sharon McNary are in Malibu and Agoura Hills, respectively, to monitor the risk in the aftermath of the deadly Woolsey Fire, which devastated the Santa Monica Mountains and nearby communties.

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Pepperdine University canceled classes and closed offices at its Malibu campus Thursday, citing "rain in the area and uncertainty with road conditions."

The U.S. Geological Survey has issued a map showing an initial assesment of the areas most likely to experience debris flows during an intense rain.

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Roy Gutierrez, a maintenance worker for the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, shovels sediment from a storm inlet in Agoura Hills. The Woolsey Fire burned very close to homes in the neighborhood. (Sharon McNary/LAist)

In Orange County, mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents in Trabuco Creek, near where the Holy Fire burned in August. A voluntary evacuation order was given to Rose Canyon residents.

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"Hard road closures are in effect at Trabuco Canyon at Rose Canyon and Trabuco Canyon Road at Robinson Ranch Road," the Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted.

Additional evacuations have been issued in Riverside County. A list, maps and the lastest information can be found here.

This post is no longer being updated, but for more information and updates as the evening wears on, here are some accounts to check:

UPDATES:

6:08 p.m.: This article was updated with accounts to follow for more information as the night wears on.

1:05 p.m.: This article was updated with more recent information from the National Weather Service.

12:03 p.m.: This article was updated with information about a river rescue.

10:40 a.m.: This article was updated with information about evacuations in the area of the Holy Fire burn zone.

This article was originally published at 9:08 a.m.


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