Los Angeles Residents Prepare to Freak Out Over Impending Rainfall
Angelenos brace for hyped-up newscasters as the annual Storm Watch approaches
Southern California is bracing for another drenching as a powerful Pacific storm is expected to bring up to five inches of rain, flash floods and mudslides Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The extreme-weather warning sent Angelenos packing sandbags and posting to social media with a mix of excitement, nervous anticipation and downright anxiety over what amounts to little more than 24 hours of precipitation in a city where residents can get fined for running a sprinkler too long.
Feeding the frenzy for armchair storm chasers, local television networks are "Tracking the Storm" and breaking out the Live Megadoppler 7000 HD. KNBC's website features the headline "Where to Get Sandbags Ahead of Looming Storm."
Some people hit Twitter to joke about how the local newcasts tend to overhype the rain when it hits Los Angeles, where not so much as a drizzle can lead the 11 p.m. newscasts:
"How to prepare for rain" LA news is hilarious— Henny Dee Williams (@Scott_CEOofSUH) December 1, 2014
(Jimmy Kimmel regularly mocks local newscasts for blowing their weather coverage out of proportion; see a segment from February at the end of this post.)
As the "mysterious" wet stuff fell over the weekend, Rashida Jones nailed the pre-storm zeitgeist of drought-ravaged Los Angeles on Twitter:
The weather service predicted the coastal and valley areas of Los Angeles could receive one to two inches of rain on Tuesday, starting around 10 a.m., while the surrounding foothills and mountains could expect two to five inches. Also expected is a two- to three-hour burst of heavy rain Tuesday that could cause flash flooding in recent burn areas and trigger rock slides and mudslides along Pacific Coast Highway and canyon roads. The rain should taper to showers Wednesday — but the hype may last all week.
The impending storm is also wreaking havoc on Hollywood events. Organizers of a Handprints and Footprints Ceremony scheduled for Gena Rowlands at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday postponed the event until Friday.
Just north of Malibu, a nine-mile stretch of PCH was shut down Monday after weekend rain sent a rock slide across the traffic artery. The undeveloped coastal area burned during the Springs Fire in May 2013, which charred 24,238 acres in less than two days, according to the National Park Service.
Sandbags and K-rails popped up Monday in Glendora neighborhoods affected by the Colby Fire in January, which burned almost 2,000 acres and increased the likelihood of mudslides during Tuesday's storm, the Los Angeles NBC affiliate reported.
Many other Twitter users took to the social media service to make quips about the atypical weather. For his part, comedy writer-performer Mike Kubit took the weekend rain in stride.
Heaviest rain we've had in LA in years. Which I guess explains why the guy who woke me with the leaf blower was wearing scuba gear.— MikeByNight (@MikeByNight) December 1, 2014
So much water in Los Angeles caught Attila guitarist-songwriter Chris Linck off guard.
I've never seen this much rain LA!! WTF— Chris Linck (@chrisATTILA) November 30, 2014
Writer-editor-actor Brenden Shucart marveled at Angelenos' reactions to rain.
Los Angeles: a city which takes earthquakes in stride, yet crumbles under an inch of rain.— Brenden Shucart (@Brenshu) December 1, 2014
@being_bayesian Panic will ensue. LA drivers don't understand rain!— Noelle Sio (@noellesio) December 1, 2014
Dear LA drivers, Rain is coming to the southland. Prepare yourselves. And don't be stupid. Drive accordingly. Thank you.— rissa (@rissadee) November 29, 2014