As the latest of four powerful Pacific storms hit southern California and Arizona, flights were delayed and residents evacuated areas in danger of mudflows.FLIGHT DELAYS
Southwest Airlines canceled all arriving and departing flights at Sky Harbor in Phoenix because of high winds. It didn't plan to resume them until today. The airline also canceled flights in Tucson, Ariz., and at Southern California airports. Other airlines were also canceling and delaying flights.
The number of homes under evacuation orders in Southern California has grown to more than 1,200 since the beginning of the week. Estimates of compliance have ranged up to 75 percent in some jurisdictions but as low as 40 percent elsewhere. In suburban La Canada Flintridge, authorities put pink ribbons on the mailboxes of residents who stayed behind so they would know where to search in the event of a catastrophe. A state of emergency was declared by the state in five California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Francisco and Siskiyou.
Two people have been killed by falling trees, and police in Newman were searching for the body of a man who tried to drive across a flooded road. In San Jose, a man died after falling 30 feet from the side of a freeway after getting out of a car that spun out and then jumping to avoid an out-of-control car.
The arrival of the new storm system shut down Interstate 5 in the Tehachapi Mountains north of Los Angeles for the second straight day. Also, the California Highway Patrol closed part of Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada after about a dozen vehicles were involved in a wreck in a snowstorm.
Thursday's storm was expected to drop 2 to 4 inches of rain in the drenched foothills and mountains, said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt. Rain was expected to taper off by Thursday night, followed by showers today and a dry weekend.
The Associated Press