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Flash Flood Warning Issued For Los Angeles, With Special Concern For Malibu, Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills & Hollywood

The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard just issued a Flash Flood Warning for Southwestern Los Angeles County until 10 p.m. A flash flood warning means flash flooding is in progress, imminent, or highly likely.

At 5:53 p.m., the NWS reported that Doppler radar indicated heavy showers spreading across the area with flash flooding and landslides are “ongoing or expected to begin shortly.” The NWS also announced “an increased chance of thunderstorms along the LA County coast today until 8 p.m,” the possibility of 50 mph wind gusts and pea-sized hail.

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Impacts are expected to include flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.

According to the alert, locations that will experience flash flooding include Malibu, Encino, Santa Monica, Van Nuys, Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills, Venice, North Hollywood, Culver City, Hollywood, Universal City, Burbank, Griffith Park, Downtown Los Angeles, Agoura Hills, the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass, Brentwood and Bel Air.

Many of those locations were among the hardest hit in the wave of storms last month when a massive early-February storm clobbered the region with Bel-Air, Woodland Hills and Topanga all seeing more than a foot of rain, flooding and landslides and a late February storm delivering another 2.5 inches of rain reported in Beverly Hills and 2 inches reported in Woodland Hills.

In Rancho Palos Verdes, homeowners were dealing with reports of accelerated land movement and fears of further erosion across a section of coast impacted by what is known as the “Greater Portuguese Bend Landslide Complex.”

Farther south in Dana Point, local and national news crews intensely covered the rain-accelerated erosion and subsidence in that exclusive enclave, with several multimillion-dollar homes perched precariously on a cliff above the Pacific.

Rain totals for the current storm are much lower. Bel-Air is again among the most inundated communities, with .84 inches as of 5 p.m. But the ground is oversaturated and the peak of the precipitation is yet to come.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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