Storm wreaks havoc across LA County

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Storm floods access road in Tujunga

The main access road to the Eby Canyon and Riverwood communities is impassable as heavy rains move through the area.

Another powerful storm slammed Southern California Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, gusty winds, and raising fears of localized flooding.

National Weather Service forecasters said the early stage of the storm was "underwhelming" as it moved faster than anticipated over San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, with rain rates lower than expected and resulting in lower overall rainfall totals. But heavier downpours moved into Los Angeles County late afternoon.

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Orange County declares state of emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom today proclaimed a state of emergency to support storm response and relief efforts in the counties of Alpine, Orange and Trinity, which join 40 counties the Governor has previously proclaimed a state of emergency for since the start of severe winter storms in late February.

Mountains and foothills could potentially get up to 8 inches of rain, with most areas receiving between 3 and 6.

The mountains and foothills will receive the highest rates of rain, possibly between a half-inch and 1 inch per hour, forecasters said.

The storm is the latest in what has been a series of atmospheric river events to douse the state.

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Firefighters warn of dangers during storm

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is warning people of the dangers of being near washes and rivers during the heavy rain storm.

From the Tujunga Wash, to the Azusa River, LA City and County fire units dealt with rain-swollen waterways.

Swift water rescues

In Azusa, two rescue operations occurred within 48 hours, one with nine people living in the riverbed who had to be extricated as the river became impassable. They are still looking for one person. In total, LA County Fire rescued 11 people and six dogs from the river. 

RELATED: 8 rescued, 1 missing from San Gabriel River rescue in Azusa

Road closure in Tujunga

In Tujunga, due to amount of water flowing in Big Tujunga Canyon, access to the Eby Canyon/ Riverwood Community at the Arizona Crossing is closed until further notice. The main way in, off Oro Vista, is underwater from the Big Tujunga Wash. People are being told to use the fire access road off Conover, where there is a padlocked gate. Not all residents say they have a key, and many will not even attempt to use the fire road, as it is getting pretty impassable with so much rain.

Fire officials are asking people to stay away from rivers and washes.

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Heavy rain, flooding reported in North Hollywood

The 11th atmospheric river of the season hit Southern California Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and causing major flooding to the area.

Cars damaged on pothole-filled 71 Freeway 

On Wednesday morning, an estimated 50 cars were left with flat tires on the northbound lanes of the 71 Freeway in Pomona due to potholes. The California Highway Patrol said they began receiving calls from drivers just before 4 a.m. A SigAlert has been issued around the Holt Avenue exit and it’s unknown when it will be lifted. 

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SigAlert issued on 71 Freeway due to potholes

An estimated 50 cars were left with flat tires.

City News Service contributed to this report