Heavy rain led to evacuations and rescues in some low lying areas in California, where thousands of people remained without power Sunday after powerful winds toppled trees and power lines. A second powerful storm was forecast for later Sunday, strong evidence March will not be as parched as the month that preceded it. Heavy rain fell in Northern California overnight and skies cleared early Sunday but another storm was expected to make landfall in the area and spread statewide later in the day.

“Let it rain baby,” Don Gordon, a Long Beach resident, told Los Angeles television station KCAL-TV. “I was sleeping while it was raining, so it didn’t bother me. But we need the wet weather.” Firefighters in Southern California rescued four people stranded along the Los Angeles River in the Encino area. Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said firefighters were dispatched Sunday after receiving a report of a group of people and a large dog being stranded in the Los Angeles River, City News Service reported. READ MORE