2 dead, many stranded as storm hits California

  • A strong Pacific storm that hit Southern and Central California on Friday has claimed two lives while several others have been stranded.

    Wind-driven heavy rains have downed power lines and electrocuted a man and a motorist died in a submerged car. Hundreds of flights have been disrupted at airports.

    With the storm becoming powerful, likely to cause potential mudslides and debris flows, precautionary evacuations of homes have been requested in some neighborhoods.

    Close to 300 arriving and departing flights were delayed or canceled at Los Angeles International Airport.

    In the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, a falling tree hampered power lines and hit a car. A 55-year-old man was electrocuted and pronounced dead at a hospital, police and fire officials said.

    Winds blowing at more than 60 mph have lashed the area and heavy rains have converted creeks and rivers into brown torrents while releasing slews of mud from hillsides burned barren by wildfires. Many stretches of freeways and highways were blocked by flooding.