The worst storm to hit California in years was due to leave Los Angeles and San Diego wind-whipped and drenched on Friday.
A weather system known as the "Pineapple Express" hammered the north and center of the state with hurricane force winds and up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday. The storm triggered flight cancellations and left hundreds of thousands of people in the dark. At least two deaths were also reported in Oregon.
There were multiple accidents on flooded roads, and several trees crunched cars. Interstate 5, California's critical north-south thruway, was closed by flooding in the northern town of Weed. In Marin County, heavy rains washed out a portion of state Route 1.
Precautionary evacuations brought on by fear of mudslides began at 10 p.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora, where the foothills were stripped bare by a major wildfire earlier this year.
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company said it had restored power to more than 250,000 customers — but around 14,000 were still waiting late Thursday.