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Storm troopers: LA and OC slosh through a wet and wild Friday

Photo by Kristina Alexanderson via Flickr Creative Commons

Northern Orange County was on alert Friday when the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning that included the possibility of a small tornado. According to the OC Register, a waterspout was sighted off the coast.

A flood advisory and hazardous weather statement were issued for areas in and around Los Angeles, and forecasters were also warning of gusts up to 60 mph in sections of the Southland.

Earlier Friday, Southern California Edison reported power outages in Palos Verdes, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Santa Clarita, and the LADWP said Friday afternoon via Twitter that about 5,000 of its 1.4 million customers were without electricity. Those outages were affecting Exposition Park, Gramercy Park, Westlake and Del Rey ,NBC LA reports.

So what does this mean for the "Play Me, I'm Yours" outdoor piano installation? Artists reportedly prepared for precipitation, and coated accordingly with a water sealant. Public art stops for no storm. 

If only the Empire Polo Field had the same protection. It's getting awfully dark out there.

Officials say the sky should dry up later tonight with Sunday holding the potential promise of pleasant weather returning.  Until then...  

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