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You stalled my Battleship! Weather delays U.S.S. Iowa's trip to Los Angeles

USS Iowa Move

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The journey of 345 nautical miles begins with one tow.

For the retired Battleship U.S.S. Iowa, however, that tugboat-towed journey has been delayed since last weekend because of rough seas off the coast of California.

A decade-long member of the "mothball fleet," the famous battleship is preparing to make its way from San Francisco Bay to the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, where the Pacific Battleship Center will continue vessel restoration, and turn it into an interactive naval museum permanently based at Berth 87.

Meanwhile, keeping the boat at bay is a costly situation, says the non profit center's president, Robert Kent. 

Kent told KPCC's Ashley Bailey, "It’s about $10,000 dollars a day, so we’re really anxious to get underway as soon as we can." At almost three football fields long, it'll take about four days of tugging for the Iowa to make the voyage south.


Blow the man down: Wednesday winds to bully LA mountains, desert, I-5 corridor


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Furious winds got the best of 50 power poles overnight in the Antelope Valley. Southern California Edison says it could take days to replace them, however only four Lancaster residents experienced a service interruption, said spokesman Daniel Brady.

The Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley remain in high-wind-warning mode, and the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are on alert through early Thursday morning, says the National Weather Service.

Gusts reached 65 mph on Tuesday in some areas. Forecasters warn that the next round of Wednesday winds may bring even beefier blasts. The strongest blows are expected to bully L.A. mountains and the I-5 corridor. 

NWS urges driver caution in mountain regions, and in desert areas where blowing sand could be an additional issue.


Tuesday triggers a week of toasty temperatures

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Tuesday will bloom from gloom to broil as the warmest temperatures of the week are set to start this afternoon, says the National Weather Service.

Expect a high of about 82 degrees today around the Greater Los Angeles area, a high of 83 degrees on Wednesday, and temperatures staying toasty in the mid- to upper 70s for the rest of the work week.

By the weekend it's back to the future with temperatures returning to the 80s on Saturday and Sunday, with a scene by the sea that's set for slightly cooler coastal air.


Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner


From spritz to storm: April flushes out with heavy rain midweek

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A good week to collect pennies from heaven, Monday's misty drizzle will be paying out riches as a late season Pacific storm enters the area on Wednesday, notes the National Weather Service. Coin machines across the region jangle with anticipation.

The storm is expected to speckle the Southland beginning Wednesday morning, with the strongest downpours forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Snow levels will drop to between 6,000-7,000 feet and NWS predicts a slight chance of thunderstorms.

Until the storm passes on Thursday, temperature highs are expected to hover in the 60s and 70s.


Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner


Friday's mini-sizzle starts a weekend of warm weather

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According to the National Weather Service, a mini-sizzle is set for the Southland on Friday.

Temperatures will tease the greater Los Angeles area with 80s-style heat for the end of the working week. Pasadena's passionate will may be dripping in degrees near to 90 on Friday, and Woodland Hills, typically the barometer of maximum hotness in the valley, could see 93 degrees.

"People looking to cool off will need to head to the coast," said Stuart Seto, a specialist with the NWS, notes the L.A. Times. Beach temperatures will keep things cool(er) with salty air temps ranging from the mid 60s to the low 70s.

Initially thought to be a 100s kind of weekend, forecasters are now saying the heat is expected to hover in the 70s and 80s but not spike a city-wide fever. On Sunday, however, Southern California could see a little cooling and possible fog that may stick around and bring its friend rain sometime toward the end of next week.