16 Photos From This Morning's Gnarly Rainstorm
An epic rainstorm, dubbed Pineapple Express, moved through SoCal early Friday morning, causing rockslides through Camarillo Springs in Ventura County, mud flows in the foothills of Glendora and Azusa, blocked roads, and toppled trees throughout the city.
Angelenos were even woken up early this morning with an alert on their smart phones to avoid areas that have flash flood warnings. These areas include the Los Angeles mountain areas, the San Gabriel Valley and the Ventura County coast and valleys, and the Antelope Valley, according to KABC. The storm is expected to continue through to Friday, with the heaviest rains anticipated on Friday between 4 a.m. and noon.
As of 8 a.m. this morning, 50,000 Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers had lost power, reported Pasadena Star News. There were outages in South Pasadena, Alhambra, Silver Lake and Echo Park.
The California Highway Patrol told City News Service that there were 239 car crashes on L.A. County freeways between midnight and 10 a.m. today.
Camarillo Springs homes were inundated from the mudslides. There were 40 people displaced from their homes and two were taken to a local hospital, the AP reported.
Firefighters rescued an elderly couple and their caretaker, who were trapped in their kitchen in Camarillo Springs during the mudslides:
This is the damage inside of that home:
One of the homes destroyed by mud slide in Camarillo Springs area. Two people had to be rescued from inside this home pic.twitter.com/kxbKB1BMkw— Kelsey Gerckens (@KelseyGerckens) December 12, 2014
Over in Azusa, a basketball court was covered in mud:
The L.A. River was full of water today, looking like a real river:
Fast-moving streams of water and mud flowed through Glendora:
In West Athens, trees fell over cars:
In East L.A. there was wind damage:
Wind damage at 3700 Cesar Chavez at Eastman Avenue. Crews en route to remove collapsed scaffolding. pic.twitter.com/oCzXPqQnly— LA Co Public Works (@dpwCARE) December 12, 2014
In Long Beach, all the lanes of the 710 Freeway was briefly closed because of a flooding. The freeway has since reopened, according to KABC.
710 UPDATE: All lanes back open after earlier flooding at PCH; traffic is still slow from Willow pic.twitter.com/jDDleI47F4— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) December 12, 2014
A second story balcony in a Long Beach partially collapsed just a little after 6 a.m. near Woodruff Avenue and Los Coyotes Diagonal, reported KTLA. The building contains businesses on the bottom floor and some residential apartments on the top floor. No injuries were reported:
A tree fell onto Vermont Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard in Los Feliz: