A powerful Pacific storm has left two people dead in California as winds of more than 70mph downed power lines and trees and some areas of the state received up to 10 inches of rain.
Another man was killed in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, after a falling tree downed a power line. American Airlines also canceled nearly 50 flights from Los Angeles International Airport.
Firefighters rescued a 48-year-old woman from the first auto, and the driver got out of the second before it fell.
Without specific climate change attribution studies for this ongoing storm, it's hard to say how much global warming spurred on by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions has influenced it.
With a storm this powerful on the way it is also a good idea to protect your home with sandbags, if you area is prone to flooding.
The rain was blamed in at least five deaths in Southern California. Not only will they dump a lot of rain on the area-rainfall rates are expected to reach a rate of 1 inch per hour-they'll move through the area slowly and unleash gusty winds.
Rain, accompanied by heavy winds, pelted the San Francisco Bay Area, where Marin and Napa counties logged up to an inch of precipitation.
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Southern California appeared to dodge any major disasters, but in the desert town of Victorville, several cars were washed down a flooded street, and one man was found dead in a submerged vehicle after others were rescued, San Bernardino County fire spokesman Eric Sherwin said.
Rain and wind wiped out play in golf's Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, where a eucalyptus tree cracked.
According to weather forecasts, a new "atmospheric river" or "Pineapple Express" - a storm sweeping in from Hawaii after picking up moisture over the warm Pacific Ocean - is set to drench the state starting Friday morning.
A flash flood watch will be in effect from 7 a.m. through Saturday morning everywhere in Los Angeles County.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said around 44,700 of its customers were still without electricity, and Southern California Edison said that as of 6:30 p.m. crews were working to restore power to 6,100 - down from around 80,000 Friday night. Though the rain is welcome after years of drought, the relentless nature of the storms has been somewhat wearing, Mayberry said.
Rainfall predictions in that region's foothills and mountains ranged from 3 inches to 10 inches. Parts of Ventura County have seen totals of more than 6 inches. They then released more water from the main damaged spillway to "avert more erosion at the top of the auxiliary spillway".
"Widespread roadway flooding is expected to continue through the evening hours, with localized flash flooding continuing with heavier bands of rainfall", according to the NWS.
Evacuation orders were lifted early Saturday in Duarte, where mudflows threatened dozens of homes Friday night.