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    Reports: Thousands left without power as major storm slams California with flooding rain, rockslides

    January 21, 2017, 11:53:06 PM EST

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      As of 12:45 a.m. PST on Saturday, the reports below are no longer being updated.


      A major storm is impacting California, bringing flooding rain and heavy mountain snow to the state.

      Southern California experienced some of the worst conditions as strong winds left over 35,000 without power in San Diego County and made some roadways impassable due to flooding and rock slides.

      A flash flood swept through the El Capitan Canyon Resort and Campground on Friday morning, carrying vehicles and cabins downstream.

      Motorists should remain on alert for flooded roadways at the lower elevations and snow-covered roads in the mountains into Friday night that could lead to extended travel delays.

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      After being closed for several hours due to heavy snow, Interstate-80 has now re-opened to tractor trailer traffic.


      The San Diego River at Fashion Valley, California, exceeded flood stage on Saturday night. Additional runoff into the river is possible as locally heavy showers cross San Diego county into early Sunday morning.

      San Diego River

      The San Diego River at Fashion Valley, California, exceeded flood stage on Saturday night. (Image/National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service)



      The northbound Highway 101 off-ramp at El Capitan state park is closed indefinitely, Santa Barbara County said on Twitter earlier this evening.

      The area was affected by a flash flood on Friday morning which swept away vehicles and buildings. There were multiple water rescues conducted after the flood, but there were no reports of injuries.

      Several vehicles were completely destroyed by the flash flood and were found at the mouth of the river along El Capitan Beach.

      El Capitan flash flood 1-20

      (Photo/SBCFireInfo)


      As of 6 p.m. PST, over 50,000 people were without electricity across southern California, according to Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric.

      Rain has tapered off, but gusty winds are persisting across the region that may lead to additional power outages.

      Burns Canyon, California recorded a 99 mph wind gust earlier on Friday, one of the highest gusts measured across the state.


      There have been over 800 flight delays across the western United States today, including flights departing from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

      Travel delays on the roads continue mount across California as well with State Route 33 being closed from near mile marker one north or Ojai due to snow.

      Snow-covered roads are also leading to extensive delays for vehicles trying to drive on I-80 through the Donner Pass.


      Heavy rain has departed much of San Diego county, but some roads are still experiencing flooding.

      Over 35,000 electric customers are without power across San Diego county, SDGE reported.

      San Diego Cars underwater 1-20

      (Photo/San Diego Fire Department)


      Four students have been hospitalized after a tree was blown down at Chula Vista Middle School, San Diego County Officials report.

      Gusty thunderstorms continue to move through the San Diego area and may bring damaging winds and flash flooding to the area.

      San Diego 1-20



      Over 21,000 electric customers were without power across Southern California at 2 p.m. PST, Southern California Edison reported.

      This number is on the rise as gusty thunderstorms continue to move across the region, bringing down trees and power lines.

      Downed trees and power lines area also leading to additional road closures across the region.


      Strong wind gusts have brought down trees across Southern California, including a large tree at the University of California, San Diego campus.

      Meanwhile, heavy snow continues to accumulate across the higher elevations.

      Highway 18 east of Los Angeles is closed from Now Valley to Big Bear Dam due to vehicles stuck in the snow. Over 16 inches of snow has fallen in this area, an NWS-trained spotter reports.

      The abundance of snow has also made this month the snowiest January on record at Mammoth Mountain. With more snow on the way this weekend, this month may end up being the snowiest month on record for the mountain.


      As of 1:00 p.m. PST, all canyon roads in Malibu, California were closed due to rock slides, water runoff and debris. Several roads in the Los Angeles area were also closed due to flooding.

      A strong thunderstorm was also moving into the Santa Ana area, being capable of producing damaging wind gusts of 60 mph.


      A flash flood swept through El Capitan Canyon Resort and Campground on Friday morning, moving vehicles and cabins in the path of the water and debris.

      Santa Barbara Country Fire has conducted multiple water rescues with personnel still searching the grounds.

      The resort is located near Highway 101 west of Santa Barbara, California.

      The flood waters originated from a nearby burn scar caused by the Sherpa Fire.

      CA debris flow 1-20 (2)

      (Photo/Twitter/@EliasonMike)



      More tree damage has been reported around the Sacramento area. In the mountains, many ski areas have received more than a foot of snow in the last 24 hours.



      Trees and power lines are down across Modesto, California. The storm is also causing some flights into San Francisco International Airport to be delayed by over 50 minutes, the Federal Aviation Administration reports.


      Heavy snow and strong winds will keep travel difficult along Interstate 80 at Donner Pass this weekend. Chains are required on I-80 and Highway 50 for vehicles traveling uphill.

      Elsewhere across northern California, severe rockslides have caused stretches of highways to close.



      The rain is leading to traffic disruptions around the Sacramento area Friday morning.


      A rockslide caused part of California state road 128 to be closed on Thursday afternoon between Marlee Cove and Yolo County, CADOT reported.

      CA rockslide 1-19

      (Photo/CADOT)

      Crews are still trying to clear some snow at Donner Pass that fell during recent storms. Donner Pass is likely to face major travel delays with heavy snow forecast to fall into early next week.


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