The latest on powerful California storm

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Posted: Dec 12, 2014 5:28 PM
The latest on powerful California storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here is the latest on the storm hitting California gathered by AP reporters across the state:

2:27 p.m. PST

The wet winter storm that drenched the West Coast is now moving into Nevada and Arizona. Delays are reported at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

1:38 p.m.

Stormwater flooded a Highway 99 underpass in Delano, about 30 miles north of Bakersfield, backing up traffic for four miles on both north- and southbound lanes, said Officer Marc McWilliams of the California Highway Patrol.

Drivers were being directed off the highway around the flooding. Power at a pump went out Friday morning, and McWilliams said a work crew brought in a generator. It was unclear when all the floodwater would be removed and the highway reopened.

1:14 p.m.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call and found the body of a man in a small river in Santa Clarita. The river was not raging and authorities were investigating the circumstances of the death.

1:08 p.m. PST

At midday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had restored power to 12,500 customers and had 17,000 still without electricity, the city utility said.

In Northern California, PG&E said power should be restored to a majority of its customers by Friday night.

12:46 a.m. PST:

The Los Angeles Fire Department has rescued two people from the storm-swollen Los Angeles River who were reported to be clinging to trees Friday morning.

One person was taken to a hospital in fair condition. The second person was spotted later, and KCAL-TV says that person was shaking uncontrollably from apparent hypothermia.

11:59 a.m. PST:

The California Highway Patrol reported 108 vehicle crashes in the San Diego area from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. That compares to 50 to 75 during a 24-hour period in normal weather. A jackknifed truck on the Interstate 5 in Oceanside backed up traffic around four exits.

11:59 a.m. PST:

Flooding in a subdivision east of Red Bluff in Northern California began when a usually a tame local creek overflowed for the first time since 1996 during a storm last week, Tehama County Sheriff's Lt. Yvette Borden said.

Thursday's heavy rain sent waters so high that one home northeast of state Route 99 had water spilling into a bathtub and over a bed.

"The water was coming down so hard and so fast that the berms just couldn't hold it," she said Friday. "Today everything looks to be, god willing, subsiding."

11:26 a.m. PST:

Mark Berger, 59, an artist, said he went out to paint in Seal Beach because when it rains "you can get a lot of colors off of reflections from the water."

"I came down knowing it was going to rain all day," he said as he tried to capture a rainy day scene in Seal Beach.

10:55 a.m. PST:

Ted and Rita Elliot marveled at their luck after their house was spared from the destruction of a debris slide that hit the Camarillo Springs neighborhood about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

"We'll be the only house on the block," said Rita Elliot, adding they put out 400 sandbags.

10:55 a.m. PST:

In Orange County, firefighters recovered the body of a man from swift-moving water in a Garden Grove flood channel. Authorities have not determined the cause of death.

10:30 a.m. PST:

The National Weather Service says widespread precipitation is expected from the West Coast to the Rockies. It says snow accumulating along the Sierra Nevada range should help with drought relief.

10:30 a.m. PST:

Adriana Fletcher, 39, of Huntington Beach, said her 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds were happy to see the rain after learning at school about the drought.

"When it started raining my kids were like, this is so cool," Fletcher said.

Fletcher said she loves gardening but her plants have suffered since the drought. She said she thinks it will take many more storms like this one to change that.

10:30 a.m. PST:

Melinda Sargent, who was eating eggs in a cafe in Seal Beach, contrasted the rain in Southern California to that in an area of New Zealand she visited, where she said drops fall as big as golf balls.

"That's torrential rain. This is nothing to them. This is a drizzle," she said.

9:18 a.m. PST:

The National Weather Service says the risk of landslides in western Washington persists despite the storm moving south. One mudslide hit railroad tracks near Edmonds.

Tens of thousands still lacked power Friday after winds reached 49 mph at Sea-Tac Airport and 69 at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station overnight.

A falling tree hit a propane tank and started a fire at a casino near Olympia, but there was minimal damage.

9:18 a.m. PST:

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1sjol5j ) about 20 people braved the pelting rains and high winds in downtown San Francisco on Thursday night to protest police shootings of unarmed black men. The demonstration was peaceful with no arrests.

8:40 a.m. PST:

In wildfire-scarred Camarillo Springs, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County, a debris flow reached as high as the roofs in the backyards of at least two homes.

Mud and water spilled out of the living room of one home.

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7:52 a.m. PST:

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for a string of wildfire-scarred areas in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

The warnings applied to the Colby, Williams, Madison and Tecolote burn areas near the cities of Glendora, Azusa and Monrovia and areas within San Gabriel Canyon and near Camp Williams in the mountain range.

The weather service said rainfall was moderate to occasionally heavy, reaching rates of a half-inch per hour.

7:52 a.m. PST:

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for northeastern Los Angeles County including the high-desert city of Palmdale and the community of Lake Los Angeles.

6:59 a.m. PST:

Amtrak suspended service from Los Angeles north to the central coast city of San Luis Obispo but continued to operate service between LA and San Diego.

6:59 a.m. PST:

Glendora police Lt. Matt Williams says five people are using an evacuation center after debris flows sent rocks the size of golf ball and bricks down the street. He says it's unclear how many people have left their homes, but no injuries or damage to homes have been reported in the area charred by the Colby Fire in January in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

6:59 a.m. PST:

Red Cross spokesman Tom Horan says 40 people displaced by the mudflow in Camarillo Springs, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County, have come to an evacuation center. Two were taken to the hospital, but Horan said their injuries weren't serious.

6:59 a.m. PST:

Capt. Don Aguilar of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office says mandatory evacuations have been ordered in a wildfire-scarred area of Ventura County due to a mudflow. Some damage has been reported, but officials are still assessing its scope. No injuries have been reported.

6:55 a.m. PST:

The National Weather Service says wind-driven rain in Southern California fell at the rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour, triggering flash flooding. The main front followed with rain falling at rates of a tenth to about a third of an inch per hour.