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Rain brings slick roads, power outages for LA residents


Angelenos faced slick roads and power outages Monday morning as a weak cold front brought rain to parts of Southern California.

About 17,000 customers were without power because of the rainstorm, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

The utility said the first rain after an extended dry period can cause dried palm fronds, tree branches and other debris to fall and making contact with power lines.

LADWP crews were working to get power restored. Here are the communities most impacted, along with the number of customers affected in each:

The National Weather Service said light to moderate rainfall was expected Monday, followed by patchy clouds, according to the Associated Press.

Here’s more from AP on the weather expected in the coming days:

Mountain and valley areas could see wind gusts hitting 35 mph.

At the beaches, swimmers and surfers are cautioned about rip currents and waves topping six feet.

Temperatures in greater Los Angeles will remain in the low to mid 70s.

Total rainfall isn’t expected to be much more than a 10th of an inch, but officials warn that even light drizzle can make roads dangerously slick.

The wet conditions will be replaced Tuesday with fire weather - as temperatures spike, humidity drops and dry winds whip up. A fire weather watch will be in effect through Thursday.

This story has been updated.