Rain-slick roads have caused power outages and numerous vehicles to crash and spin out of control Tuesday morning.
Moderate to heavy rain in parts of the county prompted a flood advisory from the National Weather Service scheduled to be in effect until 1 p.m.
The advisory says runoff from heavy rain could swell creeks and streams and pool on roadways. It covers Yorba Linda, Westminster, Tustin, Stanton, Santa Ana, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Fullerton and Anaheim.
Lightning struck at a Southern California Edison substation in Bolsa Chica, taking seven circuits offline and causing a power outage in Huntington Beach, SCE officials said.
According to SCE, 13,594 customers in Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach and Surfside lost power when lightning struck the Bolsa substation.
Power was restored to all customers by 8:23 a.m., but some residents reported they still had no power. Some residents may have to reset their breakers to restore power, but SCE officials said workers were being sent out to investigate the problems.
The outages have not significantly affected traffic, but downed traffic signals have backed up traffic at some on-ramps and off-ramps, Quesada said.
Several accidents, including numerous solo-vehicle crashes, have been reported to the CHP:
At about 12:15 p.m., a Honda Accord struck the right shoulder wall and spun out on the southbound I-405 just south of the Santa Ana River, according to witness reports made to the CHP. The No. 3, 4, and 5 lanes were blocked. The SigAlert was called off at 1:11 p.m. Minor injuries were reported;
An overturned truck was reported at 11:29 a.m. on the northbound I-5 just south of Bake Parkway. The fast lane was clear by 12:49 p.m. There appeared to be no injuries;
A Honda wound up facing the wrong way in the fast lane after crashing with an SUV. The crash was reported to the CHP at 10:51 a.m. on the southbound 73 just north of Campus Drive;
The first SigAlert of the morning was issued at 9:13 a.m. when a motorcycle and a sedan crashed and blocked the fast lane on the southbound I-405 just south of Springdale Street. Lanes were clear by 9:21 a.m.;
A solo-vehicle crash was reported at 8:46 a.m. on the westbound 91 at Orangethorpe Avenue. A white Nissan was blocking the fast lane;
A vehicle spun out at about 8:45 a.m. on the southbound I-5 just north of Junipero Serra;
A black Mercedes spun out at about 8:33 a.m. and blocked the fast lane on the southbound 261 just south of the northbound I-5. No injuries were reported.
At 8:10 a.m., a Jeep Cherokee overturned on its side on the southbound Anaheim Boulevard on-ramp to the northbound I-5, the CHP said. The driver managed to get out of the vehicle and was uninjured;
The rainy season is upon us in Orange County. Please buckle your seatbelts and keep a lookout for others.
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