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December Storm: By the Numbers



    Be the Toast of the Breeders’ Cup
    Art Ambrush uses his umbrella as a shield against the rain Sunday morning, Dec. 19, 2010, in Seal Beach, Calif. A wet pre-winter storm dumped as much as 7 inches of rain on parts of Southern California over the weekend, triggering scores of accidents, a few minor mudslides and forcing the cancellation of Sunday's final seven horse races at Hollywood Park. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Michael Goulding) NO SALES; MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT

    The rain that has drenched the Southland since Thursday has led to a spike in car crashes and power outages, and a record- number of calls for roadside assistance, based on numbers compiled Tuesday.

    Here are the numbers:

    146: Number of collisions to which the LA Fire Department responded Monday. That's 55 percent more than it does on an average day, said LAFD spokesman Erik Scott.

    1,227: Number of incidents to which paramedics responded Monday. That's 21 percent more than on dry days.

    Why It's Been Raining Continuously

    [LA] Why It's Been Raining Continuously
    Scientists call it an "atmospheric river," which has been delivering the Southland nearly continuous tropical moisture. NBCLA's Patrick Healy reports that, historically, atmospheric rivers have produced veritable "Arkstorms" that go on for week after week
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010)

    554: Number of people that paramedics took to the hospital Monday. That's 5 percent more than  usual, and responded to a total of

    501: Number of calls to which the LAFD had responded to by noon Tuesday.

    25,000 Plus: Number of Auto Club members who called for assistance Monday with stuck cars, dead batteries and flooded engines. That's more than they have ever received during  a 24 hour-period, according the Automobile Club of Southern California. The previous record was set during a 2008 heat wave, when the Club received more than 22,000 calls.

    Dog Rescued from Well

    [LA] Dog Rescued from Well
    LA County fire fighters rescue a dog from a well.
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010)

    13,678: Number of Southern California Edison customers without power Tuesday afternoon.