In downtown Los Angeles, Uber driver John Kim anticipated extra business from people not wanting to walk even short distances in the rain.
"The afternoon commute is going to be a mess", an Oxnard National Weather Service meteorologist, Kathy Hoxsie, said via the Los Times. However, the heavy rain and melting snowpack threatened to undermine a spillway at one of the largest dams in the country, which prompted the evacuation of 188,000 residents earlier this week. The areas in red highlight regions that have been affected by a "winter storm warning", which could potentially include flash flooding and high winds that could reach upwards of 90 miles per hour at the Grapevine.
"At one point the wind was so strong I'm surprised it didn't blow my windows out", retiree Phoenix Hocking said from Carpinteria to the Associated Press.
According to the authority, many of its shelters opened at 5 p.m. and will continue operating for 62 hours, ending at 7 a.m. Sunday. Flights will be delayed because of the high winds and low visibility, Garcia said.
In southwest California, the National Weather Service warned the area will see the strongest storm to hit this season.
Firefighters rescued one person from the first auto, while the driver of the second managed to get out before it fell in.
A 55-year-old man in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, died after apparently being electrocuted by live power lines brought down by a tree, and a person was found dead inside a submerged vehicle near Victorville, fire officials said.
Delta Air Lines also issued a travel waiver for Friday and Saturday.
Visibility: Reduced to a quarter mile or less due to snow. blowing snow and dense fog.
In San Bernardino County, CNN affiliate KABC-TV captured the breathtaking moment a fire truck plummeted off a washed-out roadway.
According to CBS2 Meteorologist Evelyn Taft, the heavy rain is expected to hit the Southland beginning at 9 a.m. Friday.
"We're looking pretty good", said Ron Thompson, general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District, which manages the area's major reservoirs and water supplies.
The firefighters were transported to a hospital as a precaution, he said, but none were seriously injured.
Satellite imagery showing the transport of atmospheric water vapor reveals the atmospheric river lurching like a ghostly finger toward California from the central tropical Pacific Ocean.
Controlled water releases have dropped the lake level to 861 feet, more than 30 feet below the top, Bill Croyle, acting director of the California Department of Water Resources, said at a news conference.
The Ventura County Office of Emergency Services urged a voluntary evacuation of some homes in Camarillo (kam-uh-ree-oh) Springs, where past storms unleashed mudflows from hills scarred by a wildfire several years ago.
The storm was moving out Saturday morning after dumping record rain in some areas and leaving havoc in its wake.