Weird weather reported across Southern California
In Corona, firefighters were responding to “numerous” fires caused by lightning, said an 911 dispatcher.
By late morning, a thunderstorm had moved through Woodland Hills, with high winds and hail. The National Weather Service warned the storm was accompanied by frequent dangerous lightning.
Meanwhile, the NWS had issued a flash-flood watch through late Saturday in the Antelope Valley, as well as in the mountains in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, due to another slow-moving thunderstorm, which was dropping as much as 2 inches of rain an hour.
Earlier Saturday, a storm cell moved through northern Orange County bringing thunder and hail. Southern California Edison reported isolated power outages due to the storm in Westminster and surrounding areas are expected to last into the early afternoon.
Other areas, however, were seeing no inclement weather at all. In East Los Angeles, the annual Mexican Independence Day Parade went off with no weather problems. At the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, “it’s a little bit overcast, but other than that it’s normal,” said Leslie Galerne, Fairplex spokeswoman.
-- Sam Quinones
Photo: Patchy clouds stretch from southern California to New Mexico. Credit: Associated Press