Date: 2021-09-10 12:09:23
Beaumont (Spela) – A powerful summer storm lashed with thunder, rain and mudslides across parts of high mountains and deserts Thursday.
Apple Valley resident Tony Enos can be heard saying, “It’s raining in sunny Southern California.” “It actually looks like a real storm.”
The summer storm packed an unexpected punch, Enos said, that lasted for about half an hour in his neighborhood before making its way to several other mountain and desert towns.
Above Yucaipa, the sky cracked with thunder.
“We had a small thunderstorm this afternoon,” said White Faller, a Yucaipa resident. “It was really noisy and we didn’t get much of it. So, I was happy to see her.”
Faller said that because of how hot and dry the weather has been lately, the storm has been much delayed.
The rain was really heavy, Banning resident Roman Dominguez said, and admitted he was surprised when he got an emergency alert on his mobile phone about potential flash floods.
“This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation, do not travel unless you are escaping from a flood prone area,” the alert wrote on his phone.
Flooding is a concern for California Department of Transportation crews. They spent hours cleaning up rock slides and mud flows on State Route 18, between Big Bear Dam and Snow Valley.
One driver said he had to move rocks and trees out of the way to get them off Big Bear.
“I love the change of seasons. So, I was excited when summer started and I was excited to transition into fall,” White said.