The Latest: Lightning, power outages in Northern California

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Posted: Feb 18, 2016 11:22 AM
The Latest: Lightning, power outages in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on winter storms slamming California (all times local):

7:20 a.m.

Thousands of Northern California households are without power Thursday morning as a windy and wet storm moves out.

The winter storm also dropped 1 to 2 feet of light, powdery snow overnight in the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service reports snow will continue falling throughout Thursday, perhaps adding another 10 inches at higher elevations.

Pacific Gas & Electric reports 2,800 households in the Sierra foothills are without electricity. About 7,200 households lack power throughout the utility's service area.

San Francisco Bay Area residents woke up to lightning and thunder after a night of howling wind and pounding rain. NWS reports about a half inch of rain.

NWS meteorologist Will Pi said there's a chance of rain Friday afternoon, but otherwise the weekend should be dry.

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6:20 a.m.

Powerful winds and lashing rain are making for a treacherous morning commute as a storm that downed power poles and delayed flights to the north barrels through Southern California.

The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories and warnings Thursday for parts Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where gusts could top 60 mph.

NWS meteorologist Andrew Rorke says the fast-moving system could dump up to three-quarters of an inch of rain by the time it moves on later in the day.

Beachgoers are warned of waves topping 8 feet, dangerous rip currents and possible minor coastal flooding.

Sunny skies are expected to return Friday.

The storm brought heavy rain and knocked out power Wednesday to thousands in the San Francisco Bay Area and around Fresno. Up to 2 feet of snow fell in mountain areas.