California will be hit Friday by the strongest storm in years. Much of that rainfall is expected to fall within a short time Friday afternoon and evening, with rain potentially falling at a rate of more than an inch an hour, forecasters said. The storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches of rain on Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and 5 to 10 inches on south-facing foothills and coastal mountain slopes.
“The rain is just going to get heavier as the day progresses”, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Rainfall began falling on the Central Coast early Thursday. Powerful southerly winds that will increase dramatically on Friday, with gusts up to 60 to 70 mph likely over high elevations in Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles counties, as well as the Channel Islands and Santa Catalina Island. It’s a serious warning: “We’re trying to tell folks, don’t just do your usual preparation for rain, but also, if you’ve got anything outside that could be moved into the garage, this would be the storm where you should do that,” Kathy Hoxsie meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard said.