Mudslides, flooding, power outages rage over Los Angeles, San Diego
CALIFORNIA–The worst storm to hit California in years left L.A. and San Diego in it’s wake on Friday.
The downpour, being referred to as the “Pineapple Express” whirled hurricane winds up to 147 mph and drenched the cities in up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday.
Airports experienced flight cancellations and hundreds of thousands of homes were left without power.
Flooded roads led to multiple car accidents, and several cars were smashed by trees.
At least two deaths were reported in Oregon due to the superstorm.
According to nbcnews.com,
“Precautionary evacuations brought on by fear of mudslides began at 10 p.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora, where the foothills were stripped bare by a major wildfire earlier this year.”
West coast energy provider, Pacific Gas and Electric Company said it had to restore power to more than 250,000 customers.
Lead meteorologist, Michael Palmer reported that Los Angeles could expect to see one to two inches of rain and wind gusts more than 30 mph throughout the morning.