SoCal storm snarls traffic but causes little damage

first_img “I was out shoveling sand with the neighbors until about 9 o’clock last night but, really, it seems to be OK this morning,” Silverado Canyon resident Russell Taylor told KTLA-TV early Friday. “Just a drizzly day – just like home in England.” In its wake, the storm left cloudy skies and a decreasing chance of rain. However, more rain could arrive Saturday evening, officials said, and residents of areas burned by fall wildfires were urged to keep an eye on the weather. “They’re not out of the woods,” forecaster Steve Vanderburg said. “Things could change quickly, basically going from clear skies or partly cloudy skies to heavy rain.” Vanderburg said a low-pressure area was moving into Southern California but that it was still too early to predict whether it would bring heavy rain for the weekend. “You’ll see the sun at times but you might see a shower,” he said. “There could be some thunderstorms and stuff, small hail.” Friday’s storm did knock down a number of power lines, leaving more than 11,000 Los Angeles residents without power before dawn, said Kim Hughes, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Wind-blown palm fronds and water-logged tree branches brought down lines in several areas. About 6,000 customers remained without power Friday afternoon, most of them in South Los Angeles and the Cheviot Hills area, Hughes said. The storm also scrambled early morning traffic. In Burbank, firefighters rescued two people whose car went off Interstate 5 shortly after 5 a.m. and overturned in 2 feet of water in the Los Angeles River. The pair were trapped for several minutes but were conscious when rescued, California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said. In neighboring Pasadena, a tractor-trailer rig overturned on the Foothill Freeway at around 3 a.m., destroying some 30 feet of freeway soundwall. Several lanes were shut for several hours.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Forecasters said 3 to 6 inches could fall over the weekend. “We’re not expecting huge amounts but every little bit helps, especially here in Southern California,” which has seen drought in recent years, Showalter said. The Pacific Northwest storm dumped its heaviest rain after midnight and then – propelled by strong wings – quickly moved on. Only a half-to-three-quarters-of-an-inch of rain was reported in coastal and valley areas, with as much as 2 inches falling in the mountains, the National Weather Service said. An evacuation order for about 1,000 homes in three Orange County canyons was canceled Friday after the predicted deluge failed to happen. As it turned out, only residents of about 40 homes had followed the order, sheriff’s officials said. Most residents gambled that the hillsides, left blackened and denuded by the recent fires, would hold up. But some did sandbag their driveways and pack their belongings just in case. The mud didn’t come and neither did the snow. A storm front that swept through Southern California early Friday left a few traffic snarls and several thousand people in the dark, but it moved so fast there was little rain to bring the region’s fire-scarred hillsides down in flows of mud and water, as authorities had feared. At the same time, mountain ski resort operators were disappointed by the lack of snow. A few flurries were finally reported Friday afternoon in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. “We didn’t get the big dump that everybody was thinking we were going to have,” said Ken Showalter, snowmaking manager at Mountain High Resort.last_img read more