A storm that battered Northern California and knocked out power for more a million people today is drenching Los Angeles tonight, sparking evacuation calls for an estimated 3,000 people, the Los Angeles Times reports. Torrential rain is expected and residents of canyon areas scorched by the October wildfires have been ordered to leave for fear of mudslides.
"It's too late once the rain starts. These areas are extremely vulnerable," an emergency official said. Water rescue teams are ready and residents are sandbagging their homes ahead of what is likely the heaviest SoCal rainfall in years. In Northern California, freeways and flights are shut down after 80 mph winds hurled trees into cars and houses. No deaths have yet been reported, the AP reports.