Weakening Fabio Brings Light Showers to Southern California | NBC Southern California

Weakening Fabio Brings Light Showers to Southern California

The weakening storm was the first of at least two storm opportunities this week

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    Orange County and the Inland Empire saw cloudy skies and felt warm temperatures Wednesday afternoon, but later in the night, cloudy skies are expected to continue with a slight chance of showers overnight in Orange County. Meanwhile, the Inland Empire mountain areas are expecting thunderstorms. Vikki Vargas reports from Dana Point and Jacob Rascon reports from San Bernardino for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 18, 2012. (Published Wednesday, July 18, 2012)

    Rain was still on the radar Thursday night as weakening tropical depression Fabio made its way over Southern California, but much of that precipitation didn't make it to the ground.

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    Most of the action was felt along the LA and Ventura county coasts, where chances for thunderstorms will continue until Thursday.

    Fabio reached hurricane strength July 13, but weakened as it moved across the cooler waters of the Pacfiic. The tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph was off the coast of Baja California early Wednesday.

    "All these clouds are courtesy of Fabio," NBC4 forecaster Elita Loresca said Wednesday morning.

    Showers were reported near San Clemente and Santa Catalina islands as Fabio moved north at approximately 10 mph.

    Showers are possible again Thursday through Tuesday for parts of Southern California.

    Tourists visiting Southern California from Aman, Jordan say the weather at home is hot and dry, quite a difference to what they are feeling on their vacation.

    "I expected hot weather. It seems windy," said tourist Lana Arikat.

    The wind has pilots altering their flight plans as they try to stay away from the predicted storm. Student pilot Mark Strickland is working on his instrument rating at John Wayne Airport. 

    "All the problems that you read and you read into it, 30 to 40% of them are making the wrong weather decisions," said Strickland.

    Inside the Orange County Flight Center, dispatchers check hour by hour to see where the weather might strike next.

    "Everyone from a small pilot to the Air Force is watching out for thunderstorms," said Joe Antonucci with the flight center. "They stay as far away from them. They recommend 20 to 30 miles."

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