150,000 homes without power, gusts up to 115mph as El Nino storm hits US southwest
The storm, accompanied by heavy rain, hit the west coast, causing massive outages and flooding on Sunday night.
115 mph wind gust recorded at Whitaker Peak in LA County (elev 4120) https://t.co/JaCbtho7xV— Jon Passantino (@passantino) January 31, 2016
I can't even remember the last time I wore rain gear in Los Angeles... pic.twitter.com/KfJ59pfush— David Klein (@DavidKleinTM) January 31, 2016
In addition to fierce gusts of wind, California is facing heavy downpours, low-elevation snow and thunderstorms, with counties Los Angeles and San Diego hit hardest.
A fallen tree measuring 8 feet in diameter killed a driver in the Pacific Beach area and crushed three empty parked cars.
Locals reacted to the weather phenomenon by posting pics and videos of rain, blackouts, fallen trees and other El Nino experiences on social networks.
The storm is expected to reach Michigan and Iowa on Monday night or Tuesday, bringing blizzards to these states by Groundhog Day, local meteorologists report.