Southern California rain eases, road closures remain

Posted February 20, 2017

A 55-year-old man died after being electrocuted in the Los Angeles area when he came in contact with a downed power line.

As of 12:45 p.m. PT (3:45 p.m. ET), flight-tracking website FlightAware.com reported more than 170 cancellations at San Francisco International Airport, 105 cancellations at Los Angeles International Airport and 110 cancellations at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

In Studio City, two cars had fallen into a 20-foot wide sinkhole at 4245 N. Laurel Canyon Blvd., two blocks south of Moorpark Street, and one of the drivers had to be rescued by the LAFD. In California it's caused sudden flooding and many people have had to be rescued from their cars.

"At one point the wind was so strong I'm surprised it didn't blow my windows out", retiree Phoenix Hocking said in a Facebook message from Carpinteria.

Meteorologists said it was the worst storm to hit California in years.

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California Highway Patrol reported that a auto struck multiple vehicles, killing one person and leaving three injured after hydroplaning on across Interstate 15 in San Diego.

Officials warned of further major downpours in the central and northern part of California, issuing storm and flood warnings for late Monday into Tuesday.

One of the people killed was found in a flooded vehicle in Victorville, San Bernardino County, firefighters said without providing details.

Powerful winds capable of downing trees and powerlines were also expected, along with heavy snow in Southern California's mountains.

The approaching rain could cause more problems in Northern California, where damage to spillways of the Lake Oroville dam forced the evacuation of 188,000 people last weekend.

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According to CBS2 Meteorologist Evelyn Taft, the heavy rain is expected to hit the Southland beginning at 9 a.m. Friday.

In downtown Los Angeles, 2.05 inches of rain fell as of 5:40 a.m. Saturday.

Almost three inches of rain fell in the Van Nuys area over a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.

Los Angeles area utilities said power was out for more than 100,000 customers in the region. "The last storm we had it started coming in the garage, so this time I am just going to stop it before it happens", said Josh Jones of Oxnard.

High surf is expected along the coast through Sunday as a result of a large storm-generated westerly swell, with the biggest surf on Saturday.

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The city of Duarte, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles, ordered evacuation of 180 homes below a burn scar.

The storm dumped 2.77 inches at Long Beach airport, and more than 4 inches of rain fell at Santa Barbara's airport, causing runway flooding that led to it being closed. That means there is a threat to life and property and people should take it very serious. Commuter trains into Seattle were canceled Thursday due to slides, and Spokane County declared a state of emergency due to flooding and washed out roadways.

The National Weather Service says only scattered light showers are occurring in the region north of Sacramento, where the damaged Oroville Dam continues to release water in advance of new storms.

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