1 Matthew Etherington [right] Former Tottenham and West Ham winger Matthew Etherington is training with Millwall as he looks to secure a permanent move to the Championship club.Etherington has been a free agent since he left Stoke at the end of last season and trained with the Hammers earlier this season as he looked for a new team.The 33-year-old is now on trial with the Lions for the next couple of weeks and will be hoping to impress manager Ian Holloway.Etherington is reported to be keen for a move back to the capital so he can be nearer to his family and wants to show that he can still compete at the highest level.
Heavy rains drenched the Southland on Tuesday, snarling traffic and prompting flood advisories for low-lying streets and burn areas. The Alaskan storm fueled by subtropical moisture from Hawaii dropped a half inch of rain by the end of the morning commute throughout the San Fernando Valley. Malibu and Camarillo got up to 1.5 inches. “Lots of rain, moving slow,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. By the time it peters out tonight, this week’s storm is expected to dump up to 2 inches of rain in the valleys and along the coast, and as much as 6 inches in the foothills. Forecasters predict a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain today and a 20 percent chance tonight. Snow levels early Tuesday were at 9,000 feet but were expected to drop to as low as 5,000 feet overnight, with between 8 inches and a foot of snow predicted for local ski resorts. The storm dumped just over an inch of rain on downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, taking the season total to 11.45 inches – about 2.5 inches shy of the average seasonal total at this time, according to the National Weather Service. The rain brought traffic to a crawl across the Southland, according to the California Highway Patrol, with traffic snarled on the Harbor and Hollywood freeways downtown to make way for the funeral of Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Maria Cecelia Rosa. In downtown L.A, a large section of a roof at a Rite-Aid drugstore collapsed just after 4 p.m., though officials with the Los Angeles Fire Department were uncertain if rain caused the break. One person complained of injury and was transported to a local hospital, but no employees were hurt, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Fire Department. On Laurel Canyon, mud continued to dribble down hillsides just south of Mulholland Drive. The city’s Department of Transportation kept watch, but no closures were reported. There were fewer collisions during Tuesday’s rush-hour downpour than during the same period last week, with 117 crashes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. compared with 140 last week. “I think people are starting to get the idea they need to slow down,” CHP Officer Rick Quintero said. “Typically, what we see are solo driver spinouts at 65 to 70 mph – a speed not advisable during the rain.” The CHP warned of possible floods or mudslides along the Pacific Coast Highway, in Laurel Canyon and in burn areas near Santa Clarita. Motorists were warned to be careful driving through low-lying streets. The CHP advised drivers to: Avoid outer lanes of freeways prone to flooding. Maintain a driving distance of between 1 1/2 and two car lengths for every 10 mph during the rain. Keep the lights on during the rain, according to state law. In Ventura County, a 58-year-old Lockwood Valley man was rescued by a sheriff’s helicopter crew after he became trapped in his Ford F-150 truck in Lockwood Valley Creek around 10:30 a.m. The helicopter hovered over the creek as a rescuer stood outside the chopper to help Haynes crawl out of the truck’s window. He was not injured. Weather forecasters attribute the storm to two weather systems drawn together by a vast low-pressure area from Central California to Los Angeles. Staff writers Eric Leach and Susan Abram contributed to this story. [email protected] (818) 713-3730 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!