The latest developments on record rainfall in Southern California (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

Thousands of utility customers are without electricity after a powerful rainstorm swept through Southern California, leading to water rescues and a treacherous commute.

Southern California Edison says 11,600 of its customers, mostly in Los Angeles County and to the east in San Bernardino County remain without power Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said its crews were working to restore electricity to about 8,200 customers.

The outages come as downtown Los Angeles saw a staggering 2.28 inches of rain as the storm flooded roadways and ground traffic to a halt during the morning commute.

Three people were plucked from heavy brush as rainfall engorged the Los Angeles River from its usual trickle into a torrent near downtown.

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12 p.m.

A homeless man rescued along with his dog during a powerful rainstorm says the Los Angeles River rose so quickly that he had no choice but to scramble up a tree.

David Quinones was among three people plucked from heavy brush as record-breaking rainfall engorged the river from its usual trickle into a torrent near downtown early Tuesday.

Quinones tells KABC-TV that he and his dog clung to branches as the water rushed below. He was treated by paramedics and went back to check on his camp.

Two others were rescued from a swollen creek in northeastern Los Angeles County. No injuries were reported.

Downtown Los Angeles saw a staggering 2.28 inches of rain as the storm flooded roadways and ground traffic to a halt during the morning commute.

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6:30 a.m.

Commuters are experiencing a treacherous commute as a wet storm moves through Southern California, flooding roadways and breaking records for rainfall.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for parts of Los Angeles County as rain fell at a rate of a third of an inch per hour early Tuesday.

Traffic is backed up following crashes on several slick freeways.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials say at least 19 apartments were evacuated after water came through the roof of a 3-story building in West Hollywood. No injuries are reported.

Robbie Munroe, a weather service meteorologist, says downtown Los Angeles saw more than 1.4 inches, breaking a record for rainfall on this date.

Munroe says the storm formed after a low-pressure system combined with the remnants of a Pacific hurricane.

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5:30 a.m.

Parts of Southern California are getting a much-needed soaking as the remnants of a Pacific hurricane wash ashore, bringing moderate to heavy rain and lower temperatures.

The National Weather Service has issued flood advisories for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties on Tuesday.

Commuter traffic is backed up following crashes on several slick Los Angeles-area freeways.

The weather service says some areas saw between a quarter and a third of an inch of rain per hour.

The low-pressure system is what's left of Hurricane Linda, which formed Sept. 6 southwest of Baja California.

The rain is offering a brief respite from hot and dry conditions, as temperatures drop into the 70s in some areas. Temperatures are expected to spike again and humidity will drop by Wednesday.