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Flash-flood alert issued for L.A. region; expect more wild weather, forecasters say

October 2, 2010 |  7:57 am

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood alert for Los Angeles-area mountains as officials forecast another day of scattered thunderstorms, lightning and downpours.

Officials urged people to avoid hiking in narrow canyons that could experience flooding during heavy rain. There is a 20% chance of rain in the L.A. region.

"For rainless Angelenos, this definitely was a shocker," said Bill Patzert, a climatologist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.

Southern California experienced wild weather Friday, with much activity seen in north Orange County, where lightning set fire to several trees and power lines. More than 106,000 Southern California Edison customers in cities including Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Brea were without power, said spokesman Charles Coleman. By noon, electricity had been restored to more than half of those homes.

Fullerton Community College also shut down because of a power outage.

In Fontana, fire dispatchers said a man was taken to a hospital after lightning struck a crane he was touching. The unidentified man was injured at 9:42 a.m. at Sierra Avenue and Valley Boulevard, near Kaiser Medical Center, said Regional Dispatch Supervisor Donna Mueller.

Paramedics found him conscious and breathing, and he was able to stand, Mueller said.

Elsewhere, there was little to report aside from more sluggish-than-usual traffic and winds that at times reached 30 to 40 mph. In Altadena, there were reports of marble-sized hail.

-- Esmeralda Bermudez

Photo: Stormy weather on Friday. Credit: KTLA