When it rains, it pours

L.A. County remains dry, most of Southern California avoids Northern California storm system, a few hundred miles east of San Diego

Citrus grove of the San Bernardino National Forest, near Coto de Cuanavaca, Calif. On Thursday, Sept. 5, 2018. (John Greenway/Los Angeles Times)

‘Tis the season to be afraid.

When it rains, it pours. In Los Angeles County, California, a season of low temps and low humidity, accompanied by frequent, destructive squalls and thunderstorms, has set off a frenzy of preparations, fears, concerns, paranoia and anxiety.

Already this season, the storm season has produced a number of high-profile events – including the Camp Fire that has charred 85,000 acres and destroyed more than 2,000 homes and razed more than 7,000 homes and businesses, at a cost of $200 million.

On Sunday, the city of Los Angeles issued a mandatory evacuation on the Westside, and residents reported seeing their streets filled with trees and electrical poles.

On Monday, a firestorm roared down the Ventura County coast, producing a series of tornadoes and wind gusts of up to 80 mph, before it was cut short by a front carrying moisture and hot air.

On Thursday night, there was no rain. But the region remained under a dangerous shroud of uncertainty. The only certainty was there’d be no rain.

A woman in the San Bernardino National Forest, near Coto de Cuanavaca, stands in an area where heavy equipment has been working to clear trees that have grown in an area where they’re supposed to not grow. (John Greenway/Los Angeles Times)

The city of Los Angeles issued a mandatory evacuation of the Westside on Sunday night. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Residents of the City of Industry reported seeing their streets filled with trees and electrical poles. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

By the time the storm moved through the area, residents of the City of Industry reported seeing their streets filled with trees and electrical poles. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

A man in his 50s wears a rain jacket outside a gas station in the City of Industry. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

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