Wild summer weather prompts flash flood watches in Southern California


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The National Weather Service says there is a chance of thunderstorms that could bring heavy rain and flash flooding in the mountains and Antelope Valley. There is also a slight chance of thunderstorms everywhere else, including the coast. Beachgoers can expect an increased threat of rip currents. Temperatures are expected to be mostly in the 70s in the Southland, while the valleys and Inland Empire will see 80s and the high desert will be in the 90s.

Many parts of the Southland saw rain, lightning and thunderstorms overnight into the early morning hours. Lancaster saw a deluge of rain Sunday. Residents say heavy rain fell for about 45 minutes and streets were flooded with up to 2 feet of rain in some areas. Once the water cleared, a bulldozer scooped away tons sediment left in the streets.

"I heard it and everything on the windows, it was bad, all night," said Cynthia Wood of Lancaster.

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About 45 Edison customers were left in the dark Sunday night after a transformer blew. But workers say it was not caused by the lightning. Edison says it hopes to have power restored to all of its customers by 3 p.m.

The rain also possibly caused a deadly accident in Anaheim. Investigators say a man and woman were driving on Lincoln Avenue and lost control because of the slick roads. They slammed into a parked car, and the male driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

A wild lightning show was captured on video by a Palm Springs resident. Massive bolts lit up the night sky, making for a very impressive sight.

Palm Springs is near Idyllwild, where the Mountain Fire is burning. Fire officials say the rain helped them put out some of the hot spots in the fire.

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