Floods in California Close Famous Vacation Spot
Beautiful sunny southern California is lacking one of its mainstays - the sun! Instead the area has been plummeted with an ongoing rainstorm that has lasted for seven days.
The storm, fueled by a weather system know as the ‘pineapple express,’ which gathers moisture over the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii, is dumping up to an inch an hour of precipitation in some areas.
The system has brought with it flash floods, rapid water rescues, uprooting trees, as well as stranding motorists. Severe flooding closed the town of Laguna Beach, well known as a vacation spot for the rich and famous, putting a kibosh on holiday festivities. The major artery into Laguna Beach, Pacific Coast Highway, was closed to the north and south, as well as Highway 133, the only other feed into the area.
Homes in the Los Angeles as well as Orange County areas, threatened by mudslides, were evacuated. San Diego homes were taking in water, Los Angeles freeways were at a crawl, with AAA setting a record of 25,000 calls in one day. Rain and severe weather, is expected to continue throughout the day, with flash flood warnings in effect. The storm system is one of the largest the area has seen in a decade. Six counties have been declared a state of emergency by California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.