Storm Brings Lightning Strikes, Wet Freeways To SoCal

Drivers reported some flooding on the 710 Freeway on Thursday morning. (credit: Christina Stretz)

LONG BEACH ( — The season’s first storm brought lightning strikes and some flooding on at least one Southland freeway Thursday.

DWP officials received reports of lightning in the Harbor-Wilmington area of Long Beach at approximately 6:50 a.m. and again around 7:50 a.m.

Most power was restored shortly before 8 a.m. for all but about 90 customers in the area, who were expected to regain service by 4:30 p.m., officials said.

The lightning also knocked out service on the Metro Blue Line rail between the Willow, Wardlow and Del Amo stations for about an hour.

Metro sent 20 buses to shuttle passengers between those locations affected by the outage.

The morning commute was also affected by the wet weather; flooding was reported on the 710 Freeway near the southbound Pacific Coast Highway exit, while California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said there was a slight increase in the number of accidents reported.

CBS2 Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein said the storm will be short-lived, with an off-shore flow expected to bring warmer temperatures starting Saturday.


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