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A river rescue as hail hits SoCal. Meanwhile, a significant late-season storm is brewing

At least one person was rescued from the Los Angeles River as a fast-moving storm ripped through Southern California on Sunday, bringing heavy hail, rain and thunder to the region.

According to Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, rescue crews were called to the river near Whitsett Avenue in Studio City around 5 p.m. after a 35-year-old woman was found in “less than knee-deep” water.

The water was moving at about 15 mph and continued to wash the woman downstream even after crews threw her a flotation device and lowered a 24-foot wooden ladder, he said. She was eventually rescued by an LAFD helicopter crew using a lifting cable and harness.

“She and her LAFD rescuer were safely hoisted aboard the aircraft,” Humphrey said, adding that she was being treated for “minor injuries” while being flown to a hospital.

The rescue came not long after residents reported heavy rain showers and pea-sized hail in areas including Santa Monica, downtown L.A., Pasadena, Monrovia and Covina, according to the National Weather Service, which also issued a warning Flood warning in the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley until Sunday at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, forecasters expected a rare late-season “severe” storm that could reach the area by Friday, according to Robbie Munroe, a meteorologist with the NWS in Oxnard.

Sunday’s bout of stormy weather was due to a cold system moving south across the Southland, Munroe said.

“The cold air aloft is helping to create the instability that is supporting the stronger showers and thunderstorms we are experiencing this afternoon,” he said, adding that the agency is also reporting reports of damaging wind gusts and strong hail with a Size of one inch examined in diameter or larger.

videos posted on social media On Sunday afternoon, hail hit windshields, covered driveways and collected in yards.

Areas under the flood warning could see a half-inch or more of rainfall in a relatively short period of time, Munroe said. However, totals were generally less than a tenth or twentieth of an inch.

But even low humidity is a rarity this late in the rainy season, which typically runs from October to April.

Both Oxnard and Lancaster were on set on Saturday daily rainfall records at 0.59 inches and 0.53 inches, respectively, the NWS said. The previous records for this date were set in 1935.

The storm was expected to weaken Sunday night into Monday, with a continued focus on gusty northerly winds over the L.A. County mountains and a possible layer of snow at high elevations along the Grapevine.

But the “biggest story” of the week is the possibility of a significant late storm hitting the Los Angeles area between Friday and Sunday, Munroe said.

“Early forecasts suggest we’ll be around 1 to 3 inches for many areas – perhaps even locally higher in our south-facing mountains,” he said.

The forecast is still evolving and subject to change, he added, “but there is a possibility that this could be a moderate or strong impact system for us, moving into late season for Southern California.”

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