LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. —A heavy rainstorm pounded Southern California's wildfire-scarred foothills without causing major damage Monday, but not before prompting evacuation, cutting power to thousands and forcing even Disneyland to close several hours early.
Skies were expected to clear today before the next of three back-to-back storms was expected to sweep into the region later in the day.
Rainfall totals ranged from 1 to 3 inches along the coast and in the valleys, and from 3 to 6 inches in the mountain areas, said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Forecasters said storms lasting through Friday could drop a total of 20 inches of rain on Southern California.
Authorities ordered nearly 200 homes evacuated or put on alert in foothill communities just below areas devastated by the massive Station wildfire, which charred more than 250 square miles of the Angeles National Forest in August. More than 100 homes remained evacuated or on alert in La Canada Flintridge on Monday night.
Another 300 homes were isolated in a remote canyon neighborhood in Altadena after debris being carried downstream stacked up against a small bridge and caused flooding on an access road. Los Angeles County fire Capt. Steve Scheidemantle said the community's estimated 800 residents had power and water and there appeared to be no imminent need for an evacuation.
About 63,000 customers in Southern California were without power for part of the day as flooding and high winds toppled power lines or sent drivers careening into electric poles.
In Northern California, a plane arriving from Dallas made an emergency landing at San Jose International Airport because of the storm, and a 21-year-old Kern County man was killed when a tree toppled on his house.
In Orange County, the downpour forced Disneyland to close its gates three hours early and caused a roof to collapse on employees at a medical lab in Santa Ana. No one was injured.
Authorities who spent the day managing evacuations and responding to accidents on rain-slickened roads braced for the next two storms.
"Thus far, LA appears to be doing well, but the passing of this storm simply closes one chapter in a never-ending story," said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Today's storm was expected to be similar, with rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches along the coast and valleys and up to 6 inches in the mountains.
The weather could clear up by Sunday, but another Pacific storm could be in the offing for early next week, Hoffer said.