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A Massive Storm Hit Southern California And Chaos Ensued


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A man struggles against the storm Friday in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Jae C. Hong / AP

The most powerful storm in years to hit Southern California battered the region Friday with heavy rain and winds, leaving behind surreal scenes in its wake.

The storm dropped an incredible 8.7 inches of rain in the hills of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. In more densely populated Los Angeles, two inches fell on downtown. Canoga Park received more than 4.7 inches of rain, and Long Beach saw 2.7 inches — a record.

The storm left at least two people dead as of Friday night; a 55-year-old man was killed when he was electrocuted by downed power lines, and another person died in a submerged vehicle in Victorville

Elsewhere across Southern California, chaos took other forms.

No firefighters were injured when the truck toppled off the interstate, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, however the incident forced the closure of the usually busy freeway on a holiday weekend. Images from the scene showed heavy traffic backed up.

The storm came during the state’s wettest winter in several years, and as the region looks increasingly likely to emerge from its nearly six-year drought.

By Friday night, the rain was tapering off, though waterways were still swollen and authorities continued watching hillsides for signs of collapse. It also remained to be seen how extensive the damage from the storm was, and how long it would take to fix it.

LINK: California’s Drought Lasted For Years. Now, It May Finally End

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