Sunday Morning Winter Storm Lowdown
- LA's homeless population is filling up local shelters, with some trying to gain permission from officials to allow people to stay inside 24 hours a day. Extra cots have been set up, and shelters like the Union Rescue Mission are at capacity.
- Many Southern California Edison customers found themselves without power last night thanks to the weather. The primary concentration of outages was in the Lake Arrowhead area.
- Traffic woes: Roads through Griffith Park were shut down due to flooding, and this morning State Route 173 to Lake Arrowhead was shut down because of floodwaters as well.
- The third victim in the Wrightwood avalanche has been identified. He is "60-year-old Christopher Allport, an avid backcountry skier, who was also a character actor on television," says cbs2.com.
- Orange County residents in areas burned in last fall's wildfires are being urged to evacuate due to the threat of mud and landslides on the rain-soaked hills. Shelters are opening up in the area, but reports claim that few people are willing to leave their homes. Malibu residents meanwhile remain braced for more rain and possible slides, but so far no significant activity on the scarred hillsides has been reported.
It might be sunny from where you sit this Sunday morning, but more stormy weather seems to be on its way, with an 80% chance of rain today and the possibility of thunderstorms loom. You can always overwhelm yourself with the staggering power of ABC7's Mega Doppler 7000 HD to keep tabs on the wet weather. But you should definitely have that umbrella handy.
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