A powerful storm system in Southern California has caused flash flooding and mudslides in Los Angeles County, stranding drivers and triggering a variety of severe weather warnings. According to the National Weather Service, heavy rain and “life threatening flooding” is occurring in Antelope Valley in northern LA County, near the areas of Leona Valley, Quartz Hill and West Palmdale. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 6:45pm local time. A flash flood warning is also in effect until 5:00pm local time for Ventura County.

In some areas, near Fairmont Dam and Leona Valley, the rain is falling at a rate of four to six inches per hour, the Weather Service stated. Flash floods and mudslides have been reported near Elizabeth Lake and the Lake Hughes area, with some drivers getting stuck in the mud. Interstate 5 north of Santa Clarita Valley was also shut down as a result of the mud, according to the Valley Signal newspaper. Rescue crews are working to find drivers that are potentially stranded, KTLA reported. So far, no injuries have been reported. CONTINUE