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.
The 55-year-old man was electrocuted after a power line fell Friday afternoon in Van Nuys, Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison said.
Major interstates were flooded and a sinkhole in Studio City, near Los Angeles, swallowed two cars as TV crews filmed the incident.
At least 4 people have died after a powerful storm caused flash flooding in southern California.
Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin says another person was rescued by helicopter from the roof of a vehicle that was swept downstream during the fierce storm. "This is the biggest and strongest of these series of storms", Andrews said.
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.
The storm is expected to dump up to 6in of rain on Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and up to 10in on foothills and coastal mountain slopes, according to the National Weather Service.
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The storm took aim at Southern California but also spread precipitation north into the San Joaquin Valley and up to the Bay Area.
A motorist was killed after his auto was caught in a flash flood in the town of Victorville, while another managed to clamber onto his vehicle for safety. A large tree was downed in the area, bringing several power lines down along with it.
Southern California residents are cleaning up and taking stock of the damage after Friday's storm, even as scattered showers continue to fall Saturday. The area received about 3 inches of rain as of Saturday morning.
Snow levels were anticipated to be 8,000 feet Friday night, lowering to 6,000 feet on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. "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. Still, officials lowered releases from the dam's damaged main spillway from 100,000 cubic feet per second to 80,000 cubic feet per second - still far above the normal rate. Up the coast, evacuations were urged for parts of Camarillo Springs in Ventura County and around an 11 1/2 -square-mile burn scar west of Santa Barbara. In those areas, about one inch of rainfall an hour could happen.
"If that wasn't enough, we also can't rule out thunderstorms", Erdman told the Weather Channel, "possibly spawning waterspouts Friday night into early Saturday".
Authorities at the dam have been working to lower the level of the lake and have said it has continued to fall despite the storm.
By evening, Ventura County and northern Los Angeles County had seen 24-hour rain totals of up to 7? inches, with the San Marcos mountain pass in Santa Barbara County receiving almost 8? inches. Authorities said the San Joaquin River is reaching flood stage, and they are warning residents in Manteca to be ready to evacuate in case it reaches unsafe levels.