January 2010: Wave of Storms Hit LA

Water spouts, a tornado, rain and mudslides... a winter storm brings everything to LA.

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Northbound and southbound Interstate 5 is seen at Parker Road in Castaic.
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A tree fell on the Ranch House, which houses offices, labs, and a library at the Getty Villa. It is not open to the public.There were no injuries and no artwork was affected.
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NASA satellite imagery of the West Coast.
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Pedestrians watch high surf roll into the pier at Seal Beach.
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High storm waves roll over the pier at Seal Beach.
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A resident in Corona del Mar enters his property past a large tree that fell with the high wind.
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Surf at Seal Beach.
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High surf.
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Chuck Hawkins from Orange County Fire Swiftwater Rescue Team 9 checks on a stalled vehicle in Laguna Hills.
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Vehicles exit the freeway at Parker Road. The interstate was closed in both directions due to heavy snow in the Grapevine and Frazier Park area.
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A resident of La Canada Flintridge inspects the mudslide.
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A Los Angeles Sheriff's vehicle drives up Ocean View Boulevard where hillside residents are being asked to follow mandatory evacuation orders in La Canada Flintridge.
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California Highway Patrol officers keep vehicles from entering the northbound Interstate 5 at Lake Hughes Road in Castaic.
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Malcolm McDonald improvises a sandbag with a trash bag and sand that has already washed down Blanchard Canyon Road.
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California Highway Patrol officers keep vehicles from entering the Northbound Interstate 5 at Lake Hughes Road in Castaic.
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Los Angeles police and firefighters evaluate the rapidly rising creek in Blanchard Canyon.
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City crews in La Canada-Flintridge.
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Los Angeles County Sheriffs Deputy E. Roberts, right, talks to resident Olivia Brown, center, as Brown's daughter Amanda Fairchild, 19, looks on, as residents are asked to follow mandatory evacuation orders.
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Los Angeles County Sheriffs Deputy E. Roberts goes door-to-door asking residents to follow mandatory evacuation orders in a hillside neighborhood in La Canada Flintridge.
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Public Works Department workers continue to clear the road as residents leave an area threatened by mudslides beneath the burn area of the 2009 Station wildfire, in Blanchard Canyon in the Tujunga area.
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Residents fill sand bags from the beach to take them to their homes as heavy rain showers and strong winds pound Southern California on January 20, 2010 in Long Beach.
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Malcolm McDonald carries an improvised sandbag to help protect his home, threatened by mudslides beneath the burn area of the 2009 Station wildfire, in Blanchard Canyon in the Tujunga area.
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A worker clears mud that had blocked Big Tujunga Canyon Road in the Tujunga area.
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Paramedics arrive to find the driver of an overturned GMC Jimmy out of the car and uninjured in Orange.
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Two students from the Sun Valley Middle School walk across a flooded street.
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A flipped vehicle, the result of strong winds.
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Strong winds were reported in Seal Beach, and a tornado was reported in Costa Mesa.
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A boat flipped in Orange County.
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A resident of La Canada Flintridge inspects the mudslide.
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A Los Angeles Fire Department battalion chief responding to a report of a mudslide on Monday.
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A viewer image of a funnel cloud.
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City workers make final preparations as the third and largest storm of the week moves into La Canada-Flintridge.
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A debris catch basin near trees that burned in the Station fire is filled to near-capacity.
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At least 750 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders because of the threat of major mud slides and debris flows below foothills and mountains that burned last year.
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A car exits an neighborhood under evacuation orders.
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Crew clear mud and debris in La Canada-Flintridge.
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The storm is expected to continue into Thursday, and fire crews warned that the threat of mudslides doesn't end when it stops raining.
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Plastic covers the roof of a house near an evacuation area.
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A crash at Moorpark and Cahuenga in Toluca Lake.
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LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 19: Commercial trucks and cars make their way through the flooded north and southbound lanes of 710 Long Beach Freeway, the main artery to Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, on January 19, 2010 in Long Beach, California. A short but forceful storm moved through Southern California producing tornado-like winds in Huntington Beach and floods in Long Beach and San Pedro (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 19: Commercial trucks and cars make their way through the flooded north and southbound lanes of 710 Long Beach Freeway, the main artery to Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, on January 19, 2010 in Long Beach, California. A short but forceful storm moved through Southern California producing tornado-like winds in Huntington Beach and floods in Long Beach and San Pedro (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 19: Commercial trucks and cars make their way through the flooded north and southbound lanes of 710 Long Beach Freeway, the main artery to Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, on January 19, 2010 in Long Beach, California. A short but forceful storm moved through Southern California producing tornado-like winds in Huntington Beach and floods in Long Beach and San Pedro (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 19: Trucks and cars move through flood waters in southbound lanes of the 710 freeway as the freeway is shut down during the evening rush hour after the second storm of the week moved through on January 19, 2010 in Long Beach, California. Southern California is being hit by a series of storms bringing much-needed rain but also the threat of devastating mud slides into communities below foothills and mountains that burned last year, especially areas near the San Gabriel Mountains that were denuded of flood-controlling vegetation by the 250-plus square mile Station. Rainfall this week alone is expected to exceed the average of just over three inches for all of January, reaches totals of 8- to 16-inches with up to four- to eight-feet of snow in the mountains. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 19: A car moves through flood waters in southbound lanes of the 710 freeway as the freeway is shut down during the evening rush hour after the second storm of the week moved through on January 19, 2010 in Long Beach, California. Southern California is being hit by a series of storms bringing much-needed rain but also the threat of devastating mud slides into communities below foothills and mountains that burned last year, especially areas near the San Gabriel Mountains that were denuded of flood-controlling vegetation by the 250-plus square mile Station. Rainfall this week alone is expected to exceed the average of just over three inches for all of January, reaches totals of 8- to 16-inches with up to four- to eight-feet of snow in the mountains. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 19: Commercial trucks and cars make their way through the flooded north and southbound lanes of 710 Long Beach Freeway, the main artery to Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, on January 19, 2010 in Long Beach, California. A short but forceful storm moved through Southern California producing tornado-like winds in Huntington Beach and floods in Long Beach and San Pedro. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Big Tujunga Canyon resident Rhonda Keermann views the area where several feet of mud has blocked Big Tujunga Canyon Road.
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A city public works truck checks a stretch of Blanchard Canyon Road after a bulldozer cleared mud had that reached depths of two feet in places.
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A rainbow forms as a skip loader arrives to clear mud from blocking Big Tujunga Canyon Road in the Tujunga area.
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The debris basin at the foot of Haines Canyon is partly filled with mud and debris, below areas burned in the Station wildfire that have begun to recover.
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A man whose home is reachable only by a bridge over a creek watches as mud and debris flow beneath him in Blanchard Canyon.
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The following images are from a slide on Highway 2.
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The location is just east of Mount Wilson.
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The slide occurred Tuesday afternoon.
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Debris blocks the road.
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Crews work to remove the mud.
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A sinkhole in Hesperia.
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Muddy water and debris flow as heavy rain falls in an evacuated neighborhood during the fourth storm of the week.
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Residents who refused to evacuate their homes try to clear flowing debris between two houses.
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Muddy water hits sand bags and a K rail in front of a house threatened with mud slides from the hill behind it.
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Firefighters pass fast-moving muddy water.
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Snow-capped mountains, Monday, Jan. 25.
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