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In this image released by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a large eucalyptus tree toppled onto carport damaging vehicles in Goleta, Calif., Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. A powerful Pacific storm blew into southern and central California on Friday, unleashing wind-driven heavy rains that forecasters said could become the strongest in years if not decades. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

A deadly storm slammed Southern California in areas prone to drought


UPDATE 9:58am | At least four people died Friday night after a severe storm hit Southern California, causing flash floods on main roadways.

According to ABC News, a 55-year-old man died after being electrocuted by downed power lines; two others died in separate car accidents in San Diego; and a fourth was killed in a fully submerged vehicle.

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Forecasters are predicting a strong storm to hit Southern California and Los Angeles this weekend, which is a big deal for the region that's currently experiencing a drought. Between two and six inches of rain is expected to descend upon the area over the next 24 hours. Some places could see rainfall at a pace of one inch per hour. 

“This will be the worst we’ve had in a while,” meteorologist Kurt Kaplan of the National Weather Service said. “Today is the worst of it.”

The precipitation is expected to be the type of downpour that causes a lot of debris and mud. High surf and high winds are also in the forecast.

Downed trees have already been reported, and the Los Angeles Fire Department has responded to dozens of fallen power lines. There was also one instance in which an individual suffered electric shock after a large tree toppled onto power lines and landed on a vehicle.

The victim was in serious condition and hospitalized. 

Landslides also occurred as a result of the storm.

The dangerous, rainy conditions are partially welcomed to Southern California, an area that reports that nine out of ten areas are dry, according to the Weather Channel. Downtown Los Angeles averages 36 days a year with measurable precipitation. 

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