February 4 California storm updates

3:52 a.m. ET, February 5, 2024

“Numerous damaging landslides” could hit Malibu and Beverly Hills

The National Weather Service has warned of “numerous damaging landslides” in the cities of Malibu and Beverly Hills as a powerful storm drenches California.

Landslides could also hit from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park, stretching to the adjacent foothills in the valleys. 

Numerous damaging landslides, flooded roadways, submerged vehicles, and flooded creeks and streams were ongoing in the warning area as of 11:38 p.m. PT, the NWS Los Angeles said.

Automated rain gauges indicate between 5 and 8 inches of rain has drenched those areas, and rainfall can still rise by 1 to 4 inches, the NWS Los Angeles estimated.

“Life-threatening flash flooding is ongoing and will continue into the morning hours of Monday,” the weather service warned.

The potential impacts include life-threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as destructive and life-threatening landslides.

Locations that will experience flash flooding include Westlake Village, Malibu, Woodland Hills, Encino, Santa Monica, Agoura Hills, Van Nuys, Beverly Hills, North Hollywood, Hollywood, Universal City, Burbank, Griffith Park, Topanga State Park, Calabasas, Pacific Palisades, Malibu Creek State Park, Brentwood and Interstate 405 through the Sepulveda Pass.

Safety reminders: The NWS Los Angeles is warning people to be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

“In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route,” it said. 

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