One of the biggest storms in years is bombarding Southern California with heavy rain and gusty winds and will continue to slam the region into Saturday.
The worst conditions are expected from Los Angeles through Santa Barbara, California with heavy rain causing mudslides and significant travel delays. Evacuation orders have already been issued for some communities due to the high threat of mudslides.
Those traveling around Los Angeles for the Friday evening commute will likely face significant travel delays due to the rain. Some roads will potentially become impassable because of flooding.
Strong winds are bringing down trees across California which may lead to travel delays and power outages.
Winds have been gusting to 40 mph around Los Angeles, but much stronger winds have been recorded at higher elevations. A 108 mph gust was recorded by MESONET near Grapevine, California, the highest wind gust reported so far from this storm.
Capistrano Ave blocked by fallen tree at Country Club Dr. Use alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/0zuuSQnXYn
— Atascadero Fire (@ATAFireL3600) February 17, 2017
Most flights out of John Wayne Airport in Orange County have been canceled today, including all Southwest and American flights.
Due to heavy rain and wind, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving at Los Angeles International Airpot (LAX). According to www.faa.gov, some arriving flights are being delayed an average of 1 hour and 17 minutes.
There have been more than 900 flight delays and 400 flight cancellations at airports across California today, according to FlightStats.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department has issued an evacuation warning for the greater Sherpa Fire Burn area.
An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the greater Sherpa Fire Burn area by the #SantaBarbara Co Sheriff Dept. #castorm pic.twitter.com/cavahlx9ZZ
— Santa Barbara County (@countyofsb) February 17, 2017
As of 9:30 a.m. PST, more than 5,000 PG&E customers are without power in San Jose, California. Thousands more are without power in the Santa Cruz area.
As rain fell in Southern California, a large eucalyptus tree fell onto a carport in Goleta, about 10 miles from Santa Barbara, on Friday morning. No injuries were reported, but several cars were damaged.
Motorists survey the scene on Castroville Blvd. in north MoCo as several eucalyptus trees blocked all lanes of traffic @NWSBayArea #CAwx pic.twitter.com/owIQsF31GX
— Vern Fisher (@VFisher45) February 17, 2017