Pea-sized hail reported in Glendale, Pasadena
Hail was falling in Glendale and Pasadena at around 2 p.m. The National Weather Service said a line of thunderstorms producing heavy rains and pea-size hail was approaching the Station Fire burn area.
Rain was falling at rates between .5 and 1 inch per hour, with some isolated areas to the south seeing 2 inches per hour.
Locals immediately began posting messages on Twitter about the hail. "Caught in massive hail storm in Pasadena. We ARE having a White Christmas after all," tweeted GaryDStratton.
"Pasadena is getting murdered w/ all the rain and hail right now! Wow," tweeted MsReneeBaybe.
The weather service said there will continue to be "heavy showers and embedded thunderstorms through the next few hours, likely causing flash flooding and debris flows in and around the Station burn area."
A flash-flood warning was in effect for the burn areas and eastern San Gabriel Valley, meaning flooding was imminent or occurring.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II