Those storms are really scary-looking. Rhode Island got so much rain in March, I know what it's like to have places flood and become impassable. Our house wasn't affected, but the state was a disaster area. Some stores in the Mall still haven't opened.
I just talked to Amy in LA - she said it has actually stopped raining at the moment, but this past week has been hairy. She had a 2 1/2 hour drive up to Santa Barbara last weekend, and it was nonstop torrential downpour.
There oughta be a law - no bad weather for Christmas!