Another very wet storm rolled into Southern California with spectacular lightning, thunderclaps and downpours, but evacuations were canceled Wednesday as significant debris and mud flows did not materialize.
Numerous traffic accidents, localized street flooding and canyon rock falls snarled Los Angeles area traffic, but conditions were diminishing to showers as the system moved east.
The storm was the latest atmospheric river to flow into the state this winter. The National Weather Service reported "copious" lightning strikes as the long plume of Pacific moisture approached the coast late Tuesday.
The sky over Southern California was streaked with bolts as thunder boomed and rattled the region. The weather service said it was "one of the more electrically active systems" seen all winter.
"It was just thrilling. We were amazed," said Jennifer Kennedy of Santa Monica, who was driving with her son near Los Angeles International Airport when the skies opened up.