Saturday, 18 February 2017

At Least Three Die as Storm Socks Southern California, Flooding Freeways




Tens of thousands of people were left without power Saturday after one of the strongest storms to pummel Southern California killed at least three people and left a destructive trail of sinkholes, flooded highways and downed power lines.

The powerful Pacific Ocean storm that rolled into the region Friday was expected to taper off by Saturday afternoon, but a flash flood watch remained in place for Orange County and parts of the San Diego area, according to the National Weather Service.

A 55-year-old man in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, died after apparently being electrocuted by live power lines brought down by a tree, and a person was found dead inside a submerged car near Victorville, fire officials said. A passenger was killed in a four-vehicle crash after a driver hydroplaned on a San Diego interstate, NBC San Diego reported.

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