Extreme Weather and Disasters

Flash Floods in Pinon Hills

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PINON HILLS Calif. – The rains started a little bit after noon, but by 2 pm it really began to pour. The electrical power in the San Bernardino County community of Pinon Hills at the transition between the desert and the mountains began to sputter as lightening began to strike transformers.

The weather reports were conflicted Monday as forecasters predicted a 70 percent chance of rain Tuesday. The deluge continued until around 3 pm when residents got a respite from the downpour.

Pinon Hills resident, Nancy Cosgrove, tells Best Syndication News that Highway 138 was closed for a short period of time as rivers began to engulf the state route. Green Road and Mountain Roads became rivers for the uncontained water.

State of Emergency in San Bernardino County

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(Best Syndication News) The county Board of Supervisors made it official yesterday: San Bernardino has declared a state of emergency.

The new declaration will qualify the county for financial assistance to cover its emergency response efforts to the Hill Fire. This includes a Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA) Grant.

This is a follow-up to an emergency order filed by Supervisor Josie Gonzalez on Saturday. According to David Wert, spokesperson for San Bernardino, the county has already qualified for the grant. Wednesday’s ratification by the board was necessary to keep the proclamation in effect.

Hill Fire Prompts County to Declare State of Emergency

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(Best Syndication News) As more fire personnel pour into the Oak Hills area of San Bernardino County to fight the Hill Fire, which started around noon on Friday, the county Board of Supervisors declared a Local State of Emergency.

The fire is now 60 percent contained after the number of firefighters jumped to 953. Low winds over the nighttime hours helped. It is not unusual for the winds to die-down in the high desert at night.

The current temperature at 2:30 pm is 89.7 degrees. The relative humidity is 20 percent and the wind is blowing 10 mph. Yesterday the fire burned from the I-15 in the Cajon Pass into Oak Hills, just West of Hesperia.

Hill Fire Closes Interstate 15 and Destroys Two Homes

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(Best Syndication News) Traffic along the Interstate 15 Freeway was closed in both directions today as firefighters fought to contain a brushfire. The tie-up halted Friday travel to Las Vegas delaying motorists all the way to Devore.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time; the Friday before the Labor Day weekend. Friday traffic from Rancho Cucamonga to Devore is typically heavy on Friday’s, but this Friday it was especially bad.

Two homes were damaged and two more were completely destroyed. The fire, dubbed the Hill Fire, moved quickly into the unincorporated Oak Hills area of San Bernardino County outside Los Angeles.

Los Angeles 4.2 magnitude Earthquake near San Fernando, California

Los Angeles Earthquake September 1, 2011 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - Los Angeles and Orange County residents may have felt a 4.2 magnitude earthquake today, September 9, 2011 at approximately 1:47 PM local time. Shortly thereafter, there were two more tremors, a 2.6 magnitude and a 2.9 magnitude occurring in the same area. The earthquake today epicenter was in the San Fernando Valley, only four miles from from the city of San Fernando, California.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) logged the exact location of the 4.2 earthquake as 34.339°N, 118.475°W with a depth of 4.5 miles. Nearby reports said that the earthquake felt weak to light.

At 01:53 PM, local time there was a 2.6 magnitude aftershock. Then around 02:35 PM local time, another 2.9 magnitude aftershock occurred. This aftershock initially measured 3.0 but was later downgraded.

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