National Weather Service.
He doesn't expect a prolonged period of clear skies until the
middle of this month.
The most recent storm, which came from the northwest part of the
U.S., brought 4 to 5 inches of rain to the region in the past week,
Wasowski said. He said Los Angeles County received even more
precipitation than Orange County.
"It's what we expect this time of season," he said.
It's been an unusually wet fall and winter for Orange County,
having received 11.09 inches of rain since July 1 -- more than 7 inches above normal.
Minor power outages were reported early Tuesday, Newport Beach
Police Lt. Tom Gazsi said, adding that over the wet season, slightly
heavier-than-average traffic and an increase in minor collisions on
the roads have been reported.
On Dec. 28, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dave Andersen said the station
was barraged with reports of fallen trees and busted power lines.
Andersen said he hadn't heard of any weather-related deaths. He
said he wasn't surprised by the volume of calls the department has
"It's a different weather cycle than we're used to," Andersen
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