Rainy Weather in Long Beach California
Weather in Long Beach, California for the most part, is sunny or clouds in the morning and then mostly sunny for the rest of day.
In 2023, rainstorms and snow in the mountains are hitting Californians. We are not used to this in southern California and I thought I would share some reminders of what to do when it rains.
25 Safety Tips for Rainy Weather in Long Beach
Heavy rain storms can be dangerous and cause damage to your home and property. In Long Beach, we have high tides and in some areas flooding.
- Look for your umbrella
- Grab your favorite warm jacket
- Pack some extra food if you have to drive to work, the gym, or the grocery store
- Be alert and watch for flooding areas. Make decisions to drive around them instead of through them.
- Create a communication plan with friends and family so you know how to stay in touch…and everyone feels safe.
- Move outdoor furniture and other items that could be damaged by the rain inside.
- If you live on the Peninsula, Naples Island, Belmont Shore, or Belmont Park in Long Beach, keep a supply of sandbags on hand to use in case of flooding. Sand and Sandbags are available at the following Long Beach Fire Stations: Station 7 (2295 Elm St.), Station 12 (1199 Artesia Blvd.), Station 13 (2475 Adriatic Ave.), and Station 14 (5200 Eliot St.). They are available to Long Beach residents only.
- Slow down at intersections and especially if the lights are out.
- Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel to work or someone else during the storm, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing.
- Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the storm
- Report Long Beach street flooding or downed trees by calling the city at 562-570-2700
- Report downed power lines to 9-1-1.
- Street sweeping in Long Beach? Call 562-570-2890 to get an update. I’ve seen them come even while it is raining. I find that funny.
- You should avoid ocean water for at least 72 hours after the rain. There tend to be higher levels of bacteria in the ocean water per the city of Long Beach, CA.
- Listen to the local radio stations like 1070 AM news or 790 AM for updates. You may have the AccuWeather App (Apple) or (Android) on your phone or connected to your car’s GPS. Be prepared at all times.
- Know your evacuation route in Long Beach in case you need to leave your house and seek higher ground or another city.
- Have a first aid kit in your house and in the car with emergency supplies. A flashlight and extra batteries. I think I might get a battery-operated radio in the future. You never know what may happen. We are all so connected to cell phones & the internet.
- Always keep your cell phone charged along with your laptop. Perhaps a solar power bank to charge your phone or laptop would be a good idea to have handy.
- Consider a backup power generator to provide power in case of an outage. I have a small one for my laptop by APC that I got at Staples. It works great. If you need a power generator for your house, research one.
- Call your insurance representative to check on your coverage for weather-related issues and protection.
- Keep your car’s gas tank full or your electric car’s battery charged.
- Toss a blanket and extra towels, shoes, jacket and clothing in the car just in case.
- If you live in an area that has landslides, consider installing a retaining wall to protect your property.
- If you are staying home during the storms, stay away from windows. The winds may blow branches and other items toward your home.
- If you have gutters on your house, clean them out before the storm.
By following these tips, you can help keep yourself and your family safe during rainy weather in Long Beach, California.