Storms Expected Again Sunday In SoCal

LOS ANGELES (CNS/FOX 11) - Southern California sweltered in muggy heat Sunday, as a second pulse of hurricane-spawned thunderstorms hit San Diego and western Riverside County, and was poised to hit Los Angeles and Orange counties.

At midafternoon, a thunderstorm capable of producing 60 mile per hour winds was just south of the city of Riverside, and moving towards the west-northwest at 10 miles per hour, the National Weather Service reported. If it continued in that trajectory, it could mean rain in eastern Los Angeles and Orange counties by 5 p.m.

To the south, radar showed a huge glob of clouds and rain heading north over the Pacific Ocean, up the Baja California and California coastline. At 2:30 p.m., the San Diego Padres went into a rain delay at Petco Park as downpours caused vehicles to hydroplane near Mission Bay.

The remains of Tropical Storm Dolores were 350 miles south-southwest of Los Angeles at midafternoon, sand the NWS predicted the main core of rain would continue north, then veer slightly northeast -- directly into the Santa Monica Bay.

"There will be plenty of clouds and scattered thundershowers over Los Angeles and Ventura counties initially this evening,'' warned NWS forecasters in Oxnard.

Early in the afternoon, it was 90 degrees and the humidity was 67 percent Sunday in downtown Los Angeles, uncomfortable enough to make people think they were in Florida.

"It will feel very sticky out there today,'' the National Weather Service said. "So although it looks nice outside, changes in the weather could happen quickly with heavy rainfall and local flooding in many areas.

"This pattern of very juicy available moisture (means) showers and thundershowers could pop just about anywhere later today,'' the National Weather Service said.

Several beachgoers along the muggy South Bay coast were overcome by heat and collapsed, according to fire dispatchers.

"We're asking people to drink before they're thirsty, rest before they're tired, and eat lightly,'' said City of Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. He said no cases of heat exposure were being worked on inside the city limits at midday, however.

A second pulse of clouds and atmospheric instability, left over from the remnants of Hurricane Dolores, was still moving towards Southern California this afternoon, forecasters at the National Weather Service said.

"Clearing skies will likely help trigger thunderstorm development over the Los Angeles mountains this afternoon,'' the NWS said.

A flash flood watch continued for the local mountains, where the best chance for rain will be over the San Gabriel Mountains and Antelope Valley, the NWS said. Up to two inches of rain was possible under localized thunder cells.

Beaches from Long Beach to Zuma were reopened Saturday night, after being closed by lifeguards in the morning and again in the afternoon Saturday.

Lightning flashed and unusual summer clouds dropped scattered heavy rain, a gift from a dying Mexican hurricane.

Beaches were first closed from 8:10 to 9:50 a.m. Saturday, and the afternoon closure was to stretched to 10 p.m., lifeguards said.

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