Thunderstorms soak Southland
Officials issue a flash flood warning for the Antelope Valley.
Strong thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall to parts of Southern California on Tuesday afternoon, prompting weather officials to issue a f lash f lood warning in the Antelope Valley in Los Angeles County.
Flooded roadways were expected until late evening in Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as on the 14 and 138 freeways, according to the National Weather Service.
Those areas were expected to receive 1 to 2 inches of rainfall an hour, which has the potential of causing dangerous flash flooding along roadways and normally dry washes, weather officials said. Dime-sized hail, gusty winds and frequent lightning were also reported.
Powerful winds downed power lines in Azusa, while a tree caught fire elsewhere in the region after being hit by lightning, said Robbie Munroe of the National Weather Service.
In Huntington Beach, officials evacuated the city beach during the U.S. Open of Surfing after lightning strikes were reported in the area, police said. The beach has since reopened.
Areas burned by recent wildfires face a higher risk for debris f lows and f looding, authorities said.
The rain “is associated with monsoonal moisture,” Munroe said. “We expect this moist energetic flow to continue at least through Wednesday night.”
In Temecula, a four-vehicle crash that involved an overturned big rig temporarily shut down the northbound 15 Freeway at Rancho California Road, snarling traffic for miles during rush hour, according to the California Highway Patrol. A tree fell onto the freeway in about the same area, also causing traffic delays.
A SigAlert was issued shortly after 4 p.m. and was lifted about an hour and a half later.
IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, officials evacuate the city beach Tuesday during the U.S. Open of Surfing after lightning strikes were reported in the area. The beach later reopened. Flooded roadways were expected until late evening in Lancaster and Palmdale.
SURFERS Brady Webush, left, and Johnny Byrne of Manhattan Beach end their day in the El Porto area of the city Tuesday.