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

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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. 


California storm to make guest appearance at Coachella

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An electrifying weather event (that struck a jet with lightning as it was leaving San Francisco Thursday night) is making a stopover in Southern California.

Some parts of the state will get the full wrath experience with lightning, hail, and gale-force winds on Friday, while others will see scattered showers and snow, according to the National Weather Service.

In Indio, where tens of thousands are gathering for the first of two weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the temperature is expected to get low, and blow, thanks to some wind accompaniment.

Happy Friday the 13th, rockers.


Pre-dawn soaking causes traffic trouble for commuters

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Wednesday has seen an increase in freeway crashes, spin-outs and problems with standing water thanks to the first of two visiting storms, says CHP Officer Patrick Kimball.

Before dawn, a half-inch an hour of rain was falling in some areas of Los Angeles, according to the National Weather Service.

The eastbound I-210 in Sierra Madre claimed a jackknifed truck at the beginning of the morning commute, and a crash on I-5 near the Long Beach Freeway also caused for a slow drive. No word on the extent of motorist injuries.

Blowing snow and zero visibility warnings prompted a winter weather travel advisory yesterday, by NWS.

Pacific storm number two is expected Friday.


Pacific storms pace toward Los Angeles, packing precipitation

Severe Rain Storms Continue To Threaten The Los Angeles Area

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A pair of Pacific storms are pacing toward the Southland this week with the possibility of snow, gusty winds, and raindrops in the region.

According to the National Weather Service, sections of L.A. could see rain after midnight tonight, with scattered showers into Wednesday. The snow level is expected around 4,500 ft., with four to eight inches of accumulation possible above 6,000 ft.

Blowing snow and zero visibility warnings prompted a winter weather travel advisory, and NWS forecasters say local mountain areas should be on alert from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Depending on the system's trajectory, a followup event is possible later in the week when the sky stands to pour precipitation Thursday night into Friday, with more wind and snow possible.


Surf's up, but other things are falling down

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(March 31, 2012: Huntington Beach, CA)

And the wind doth blow.

Some areas of Los Angles awoke from a misty rain to find gusty, sunny skies, while others are dealing with a devil of a snow drift. At the beach, there's nothing to do but wave.

The National Weather Service posted a variety of weather warnings earlier this week, and are continuing to update as they monitor conditions around the region.

Here's what some of your neighbors are saying about the weekend weather: