Wet roads cause soggy mess for SoCal commute

LOS ANGELES The recent /*storm*/ system also brought some lightning, keeping Seal Beach residents awake in Orange County.

Heavy rain pounded down in Los Feliz as well as downtown L.A. The wind also picked up, gusting hard at times in downtown as well as Pasadena.

Many people were surprised by the storm.

"I was not ready for it and we have horses over here, and I was a little worried about it because there was lots of lightning over here," said Fillmore resident Anita Edwards. "It was very scary."

"I don't mind. It's wonderful. This is our version of snow. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas," said David Court, another Fillmore resident.

All the wet weather caused some problems on the roads. In Los Angeles, a motorist slammed into a fire hydrant, shooting water several feet into the air. The driver was able to walk away from the crash with no injuries.

In Downey, five cars were involved in another weather-related crash on the southbound 5 Freeway near Paramount on Sunday night. One person was injured in the accident.

Rain waned by Monday morning, and temperatures in the general Los Angeles area were expected to peak in the low 60s with partly cloudy conditions.

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