The region received some heavy rainfall this morning leading to hazardous road conditions.

As weather forecasters predicted, we’re starting to see some El Nino weather patterns, with a late-summer storm bringing heavy rain to Southern California. Within several hours of the early morning rain, dozens of accidents were reported, causing multiple SigAlerts.

Drivers were warned to be extra careful driving as the lack of rain over the past couple of months causes oil to build up on roads, leading to slippery conditions.

The storm left more than 10,000 Southern California Edison and Department of Water and Power customers without service, and hundreds evacuated from their homes due to flooding. Periods of rain are expected to last through tomorrow.

If you are planning on going to the beach in the next few days, health officials are warning surfers and swimmers to be mindful of possible bacteria danger, especially when swimming near storm drains, creeks and rivers as they are likely to carry rain runoff. A rain advisory of bacteria danger will be in effect until 7 a.m. on Friday.

In the case that it rains heavily, the City provides the following resources and tips:

  • Have materials such as sand bags and plywood on hand to protect your home in the event of flooding. The City provides free sandbags to Torrance residents in single family homes and duplexes. Each resident can pick up a maximum of 25 sandbags at the City Yard, depending on availability. All you need is some form of ID to show residency within the City.
  • Keep a stock of food that requires no cooking or refrigeration as power outages are common during storms. A supply of drinking water should also be stored.
  • Establish local and out-of-state contacts in case of an emergency.
  • Make roof repairs before the wet season, and bring outdoor belongings such as garbage cans and garden equipment inside or time them down securely.

For after-hour storm emergencies, residents are advised to call the Torrance Fire Department at (310)781-7042. Other resources available for emergency planning include the City’s Office of Emergency Services at (310) 618-5725 and the American Red Cross at (310) 330-7762.