Scattered storms, lightning hit Southern California and prompt beach closures
The heavy rains that began earlier this week didn’t stay long on the Central Coast, as storms moved into parts of Southern California and southern Nevada.
The rains caused a large fire burning on a hillside near Ventura in Ventura County, leading to dozens of lightning strikes in the area, the L.A. Fire Department said.
A fire on top of an overpass in Ventura, Calif., has destroyed at least two buildings and led to the closure of a portion of the Ventura Freeway, authorities said. Associated Press
Southern California, which has been dealing with a record-breaking drought for years, wasn’t spared the rain.
In Southern California, it’s been nearly 10 below average for this time of year, and in Nevada it’s been 3 to 4 percent above the average, according to a National Weather Service report.
A flood advisory was issued in the area of El Centro for 1 to 3 feet of rain for a 12-hour period beginning around 6 p.m. Friday, and the Santa Ana was downgraded from a flood watch.
In Santa Ana, heavy showers moved through the area and a flash flood watch was issued, but the rain was limited to one to three inches. The flash flood watch was downgraded to a flood warning, the L.A. Fire Department said.
Some of the rain was also heavy and moved east to the coast.
A fire burning in the overpass below Interstate 5 outside Ventura was under control by Saturday night, Cal Fire said.
Three of the five homes destroyed in the fire on the hillside by the Interstate 5 and Ventura County line were in the City of Arcadia, about 30 miles east of Santa Barbara, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
It was not immediately clear if any other homes would be destroyed in southern California.
In Nevada, where a flash-flood watch was issued over the state on Friday, it was downgraded to a flood warning as