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Heavy rains causing slowdowns, PCH closures and flooding in Southern California

The brunt of a winter storm hit Southern California Thursday morning, Jan. 5, causing headaches among morning commuters with freeway slowdowns, road closures, flooding, downed trees and high-surf warnings along the coast.

As of 4 a.m., nearly three inches of rain had fallen on Woodland Hills over 48 hours, according to the National Weather Service; that is the latest available information. Porter Ranch had received nearly two inches, while Los Angeles International Airport and Pasadena had received about an inch each.

Elsewhere, as of 6:20 a.m., nearly an inch of rain had fallen in the San Bernardino County Mountains, and some areas in Orange County had seen about a half-inch over the past 12 hours, according to the NWS.

Diane Landwehr walks in the rain and wind with her dog Sunshine in Capistrano Beach, CA on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Lifeguards fill sandbags at the Peninsula in Long Beach on Thursday, January 5, 2023. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Soggy morning jog for this man in Long Beach on Thursday, January 5, 2023. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Fire and lifeguard personnel keep watch over the rain and possible dangers in Long Beach on Thursday, January 5, 2023. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

There is no visible sand at Bayshore Beach as the heavy overnight rain caused the tide to rise in Long Beach on Thursday, January 5, 2023. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Crews work to maintain the sand berms in Long Beach on Thursday, January 5, 2023. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Morning commuters deal with flooded intersections in Long Beach on Thursday, January 5, 2023. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Pacific Coast Highway was closed from Seapoint Lane to Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach due to flooding on Thurs., Jan 5, 2023. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register)

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In Los Angeles County, the Sepulveda Basin was shut down from Burbank to the 405 Freeway at about 6 a.m. because of high-water levels, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Traffic Alert:

The Sepulveda Basin has been shut down due to high water levels. Additionally, we are seeing street flooding occurring on multiple streets throughout the City of Los Angeles. Please use caution and slow down during your morning commute.

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 5, 2023

Pacific Coast Highway was closed from Seapoint Lane to Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach, and in Pacific Palisades from Chautauqua Boulevard to Temescal Canyon Road because of flooding, according to Caltrans.

The three right lanes on the northbound 710 Freeway at Artesia Boulevard, and the northbound 710 Freeway connector to the eastbound 91 Freeway in Long Beach, were also closed for flooding

Long Beach: On northbound I-710 at Artesia Blvd. the three right lanes are closed & the northbound I-710 connector to eastbound State Route 91 is closed due to #flooding. Please #BeWorkZoneAlert. #sigalert #TrafficAlert pic.twitter.com/DXm439dLAt

— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) January 5, 2023

A large tree toppled in Burbank overnight, blocking residential streets in the area of Oak Street and Beachwood Drive, according to RMG News.

In Duarte, an alert was issued for areas beneath the Fish Fire burn area until 6 a.m. Friday, bringing restrictions to keep cars and trash bins off of streets that could potentially flood.

Many cities were offering sandbags to residents to protect their properties from flooding and debris flows.

The band of rain was moving through Los Angeles County faster than anticipated, weather experts said, but showers were likely to continue through the morning. Steady moderate to heavy rain was anticipated for hours.

A flood watch was in effect through Thursday afternoon for Los Angeles and Orange counties and a high-surf advisory along the coasts is in effect through 10 a.m. Friday, according to the NWS.

Surf Report 1/5/23: 5-7′, Chest to Overhead

Lingering WNW swell mix on offer in the morning with solid WNW swell building quickly into the PM. Another round of building S winds ahead of an approaching front, swinging W later. pic.twitter.com/NDKHfj6em2

— LACoLifeguards (@LACoLifeguards) January 5, 2023

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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