Monday, January 03, 2005


West coast rains

Trying to get anywhere in Los Angeles when it's raining means it'll take twice as long as normal. We don't do so well once it starts to get wet.

LOS ANGELES - Rain-soaked California got even wetter Monday as another storm dumped heavy snow in the mountains, eroded beaches and shut down a 40-mile stretch of the state's major north-south highway.

Flooded roads turned Southern California's morning commute into a white-knuckle obstacle course, while mountain snow left the peaks above Los Angeles capped with white.

About 2 feet of snow fell in the Tejon Pass north of Los Angeles, stranding some drivers and shutting down a section of Interstate 5. It was not clear when the pass would reopen.

"It's pretty slippery," driver Ravinder Singh told KTLA-TV. "We didn't know it was going to be snowing. We're kind of stuck."

One man died in the San Fernando Valley when his car went off a road and slammed into a palm tree. Another man was killed in Pomona when he tried to run across the San Bernardino Freeway and was struck by two vehicles.

In Goleta, near Santa Barbara, surging high tides washed away tons of sand deposited last year as part of a $2 million beach-preservation project.

Most of the 80,000 cubic yards of sand used to curb erosion has been swept away, leaving a jagged wall of sand and dirt and forcing officials to close part of the coastline as a safety precaution.

California has been battered over the past week by severe storms that caused widespread street flooding. More storms are expected later in the week.

Average yearly rainfall totals, measured from July 1 to June 30, have already been surpassed in some areas. Los Angeles has received 15.4 inches of rain since July 1, compared with a yearly average of 14.7 inches, the National Weather Service reported.

The city recorded the single-wettest day in December last Tuesday when 5 1/2 inches fell. It also marked the third-wettest day on record since 1921.

The liberal elite issued a statement that the rain was really a conspiracy brought on by the HAARP weather system weapon in Alaska to flood California so Halliburton could gain another contract and steal our oil.

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