Significant amounts of rain are expected by Friday and Saturday in Long Beach, and thunderstorms are possible.
According to accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist Marc Mancuso, the combination of two storms this week has the potential to bring the biggest rains to Southern California since March of 2011.
The first system moved through California Wednesday and Thursday with the second to follow for Friday through the first part of the weekend.
“Folks who may be disappointed by rain totals from the first event should not worry,” said meteorologist Jordan Root. The second system is likely to be the stronger and wetter of the two systems, bringing a much-needed soaking to many communities, with the deserts being the exception.
If the first storm bypassed or only grazed Southern California, the second will not. It is possible that Downtown Los Angeles receives at least half of the rain that fell in all of 2013 (3.60 inches) from this one storm Friday through next weekend, according to accuweather.com.
Long Beach Public Works staff have prepared the city for winter rains by clearing 3,800 catch basins, and cleaning and testing 26 pump stations as well as preparing response teams to address any storm related issues that might arise, according to the City. Parks, Recreation & Marine staff have prepared the beaches and waterways for the winter storms by building berms to protect low-lying sections of the beach, installing debris booms to prevent trash from entering the marina areas, maintaining storm run-off culverts on the beaches, and monitoring the lake and lagoon water levels to prevent flooding, according to the City. The rainfall is forecast to coincide with high tides, and city staff will be monitoring water levels in Naples to mitigate any flooding if possible.
Sand is currently available at the following locations:
• Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave., at the Esther Street Gate
• Fire Station No. 7, 2295 Elm Ave.
• The old Fire Station No. 12, 6509 Gundry Ave.
• Fire Station No. 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.
• Fire Station No. 14, 5200 E. Eliot St.
Empty sandbags are available at all neighborhood Fire Stations, except the new Fire Station 12.
For information on how to plan and prepare for severe storms, visit the following websites:
Sources: accuweather.com, City of LB