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Strange Substance Falling On Los Angeles: Oh, That's Rain! Hello, El Niño!

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Tue, 05 Jan 2016 18:36:26 Z)

Scientists have warned for months this day would come: The start of a long rainy season for Southern California likely to bring flooding, destruction with some relief from a 7-year drought to the parched paradise.

Hollywood woke up to real rain Tuesday, not just the special effects of a disaster movie set. And it is not the usually slow pitter-patter of tiny raindrops falling on their heads. While it might seem to be the start of another Sharknado sequel, it is actually the dreaded El Niño, which forecasters predict could bring historic levels of rain to the region.

The National Weather Service warned residents to expect urban and small stream flooding, which means the streets will be very wet. Drivers who rarely see heavy rain are put on notice: "MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN."

While the rain may be fun for some, it's pure misery for the many thousands of homeless who normally shelter on hillsides, under bridges and on the bed of the normally-dry Los Angeles River.

Most played song on Los Angeles radio today? "It Never Rains in Southern California"

About the author:

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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