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Tips for surviving the ‘atmospheric river’ storm hitting LA

File: A pedestrian uses her umbrella in the rain in Alhambra on April 8, 2016 as rain began falling.
File: A pedestrian uses her umbrella in the rain in Alhambra on April 8, 2016 as rain began falling.
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As much as half a foot is expected to come down over the the next twenty-four hours and it could be the wettest day we've had around here in over a decade.

To help you through this "atmospheric river," Take Two put together some tips to keep in mind.  

Navigating the roads

It's the kind of day where if you don't absolutely have to drive, you're probably smart to stay off the roads. 

But if you do have to get somewhere, we've got three key things you need to know when driving in a storm courtesy of Jeffrey Spring, of the Auto Club of Southern California.

1. Check out your vehicle

Tires: make sure they're in good condition and make sure they're at the recommended inflation rate. Driving with moderate tread or bald tires can be a major factor in skidding. 

Windshield wiper blades: streaks or stripping on the windshield are signs of a worn wiper blade. It's not going to do much to remove the water and that's really important because you need to have really clear visibility.

Brakes: Especially after you drive through a couple of puddles, you want to make sure to check your brakes periodically to see that they're still working. Sometimes water can make the brakes a little slippery. You want to check by tapping them gently a few times when it's safe to do so. 

Headlights and Windshield Defroster: headlights increase your visibility in the rain. Using a defroster will help keep the windows clear so you can see out of the front windows and the side windows. 

2. Avoid hydroplaning 

Don't brake suddenly. That will send you into a skid and possibly a spin. What you want to do is slow down without brakes if you can or gently tap your brakes until you can feel that you've regained traction with the road. You just want to make sure you don't respond or react too quickly or too harshly because that'll really throw you into a skid. 

3. Change tactics in heavy downpour

You want to leave more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. You really want to slow down. One key reason for that is it give you more time to scan the road in front of you you're looking for pooled water on the road or even potholes. And if you're following the car in front of you too closely, then you're not going to have time to see and avoid the pothole in front of you. 

For Duarte residents

This morning, a mandatory evacuation order went into effect for 180 homes in the city of Duarte. We checked in for an update with Karen Herrera. She's Duarte's Deputy City Manager and Public Information Officer.

"It's subject to mud slides and rock slides particularly the area of Mel Canyon and its adjoining streets," said Herrera. "Today between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM, they were anticipating an inch of rain per hour. And maybe up to a total of 10 inches for the event. So as a result of that and LA County Department of Public Works issuing a phase two mud flow alert, we decided it was definitely in the best interest and the safest for our residents– especially for those in the Fish Fire impact area to be out of harm's way. 

If you don't evacuate, you're taking a risk

If they decide not to leave –and they also have that option too even though we can encourage them as much as we can– they do have to sign a form letting them know that they're definitely placing themselves in harm's way and if there was an emergency we would do everything we could to rescue them, but we can't guarantee it.  

If you need somewhere to go

The city in concert with the Red Cross has an evacuation site. It's been operating since 7 AM this morning at our community center at 1600 Huntington Drive. they can bring their pets. We've got LA County Animal Control on site. We've got meals. We've got TV's. We've got everything we can to keep them comfortable. Adn if need be, we can accommodate up to 40 persons to spend the night tonight.    

Tips from a rainy weather veteran

L.A. transplants from rain heavy parts of the country are looking at us with some pity. So, Seattle native, KPCC's Libby Denkmann shared some wisdom for taking on life in the rain.

Quotes edited for clarity 

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