Through Heavy Rain And Thunderstorms In Santa Clarita, Drought Continues -- July 20, 2015

The Santa Clarita Valley received rain, thunderstorms and lightning this past weekend, bringing in more than an inch of rain.

National Weather Service officials recorded about 1.33 inches of rainfall over the past three days.

Thunderstorms and lightning caused power outages all over Los Angeles County, including the KHTS AM-1220 office and other offices along Main Street in Newhall after lightning struck a power pole.

While the Santa Clarita Valley was doused during the storm, water officials say the valley, and the state, needs more water to get out of the drought.

“The rain is very welcomed. It reduces some water demand and one of the things folks should know is that one of the things prohibited by the State Water Resources Control Board is watering within 48 hours of rain,” said Dirk Marks, adding that Santa Clarita Valley residents needs to turn sprinklers off until Tuesday.

“The rain is good news but it certainly is not the end of the drought,” Marks said. “In Santa Clarita we average is about 17 inches per year. We’ve received about 6 inches so far.”

National Weather Service Los Angeles, Oxnard officials released a hazardous outlook report for the southwest part of the state, including the Santa Clarita Valley, that is in effect until Monday night.

Officials report there is a chance of more showers and thunderstorms through Monday evening but the rest of the week is expected to clear up.