At least two people were reported dead as powerful floodwater swept in from the Pacific Ocean, and heavy rain and wind hit California on Thursday February 14th, AP has reported.
Waves of torrential rain pounded different parts of the state trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forced residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year.
The National Weather Service reported staggering amounts of rainfall falling across California, including more than 9.4 inches (24 centimetres) over 48 hours at one location in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.
"We're basically stranded right now," said resident Gary Agner, adding that several other roads were closed because of flooding and debris. "I'm glad I went to the grocery store yesterday."
Another resident, Chris Parkman, said it has been years since a storm so powerful has hit San Diego.
"We don't see the rain most of the year, so most of the year you feel safe. But when the big storms come, your safety factor is gone," he said.