Amid the hu­mid­ity, quite the light show

Sys­tem un­leashes thun­der­storms and a re­mark­able num­ber of light­ning strikes.

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - JOSEPH SERNA joseph.serna @la­times.com

The weather sys­tem that has af­fected South­ern California this week brought thun­der­storms and muggy weather, along with a phe­nom­e­nal num­ber of light­ning strikes — more than 2,100 — and nu­mer­ous flash flood warn­ings, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said.

On Tues­day, the storm’s busiest day, ob­servers recorded 1,478 light­ning strikes in South­ern California, the agency said.

“The last cou­ple of days have been our time, I guess,” me­te­o­rol­o­gist Mark Moede said.

On Thurs­day, emer­gency crews res­cued driv­ers trapped in their cars on flooded road­ways in Ac­ton. A heli­copter res­cue team hoisted one man to safety as muddy wa­ter flowed down the road­way, said Los Angeles County Fire In­spec­tor Gus­tavo Me­d­ina.

“All the road­ways look like a lake,” said Sher­iff ’s Lt. Anthony Gunn, warn­ing com­muters not to try to drive through mov­ing wa­ter. “If pos­si­ble, not to drive any­where at this point.”

The flood­ing forced a Metrolink train car­ry­ing about 250 com­muters to turn around be­fore reach­ing the Vin­cent Grade/Ac­ton sta­tion. On its way back to the Via Princessa sta­tion, the train was halted when floods af­fected an­other seg­ment of the track. Soon af­ter, though, au­thor­i­ties de­ter­mined the track was safe.

Ser­vice was in­ter­rupted for six other trains head­ing north from down­town Thurs­day night.

Allen J. Sch­aben Los Angeles Times

VISI­TORS de­part af­ter Hunt­ing­ton Beach po­lice and life­guards evac­u­ated the beach, wa­ter and pier — in­clud­ing the U.S. Open of Surf­ing — as a thun­der­storm ap­proached the area, pos­ing the threat of light­ning.

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