The expected storm struck Pasadena with force early this morning, with the National Weather Service station in Henniger Flats in the foothills north of Pasadena recording strong wind gusts of up to 102 mph at 2:58 a.m.
Pasadena Fire Dept. spokesperson Lisa Derderian urges caution.
“Leave plenty of time for commuting to work because brunt of storm will be in the early morning,” Derderian said. “Keep disaster kits updated because there may be power outages, and flashlights and food may be needed. Keep cell phones charged or have a way to charge if power is out. Stay away from flood basins and debris and water flows you can get caught in.”
The National Weather Service warns of possible flooding in La CaÃ±ada Flintridge and Sierra Madre.
“Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway,” the NWS said in a statement. “Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. Make the smart choice … turn around … don’t drown.”