It's been nasty, no doubt. And there are flash flood warnings, tornado warnings, and severe weather warnings.
One of the reasons we've got such bad flooding is because we've had some heavy storms in the last two months, and thus the ground is saturated. Add to that some rain on Monday, as the beginning bands came through, and by the time the "real" rains came yesterday and last night, there was nowhere for it to go.
I work in a building near the LA river. It is usually dry, or a very small trickle in the bed. It's about 75 feet wide, and about 30 feet deep. Yesterday, before the severe weather showed up (tornados, thunderstorms, et cetera), it was running about 10 feet under the top, or about 20 feet deep. It was estimated that it was running about 60 mph, and the current was significant (the debris indicates where the current runs). I haven't seen it this morning, but I'll post later and let you know.
I checked the rain total, and it was over 7 1/2 inches since about 5 pm last night. Several tornados have touched down, and there is massive flooding all over. Major thunder storms (like I've seen in the Midwest), which are incredibly rare here. Highways have intermittant closures from San Luis Obispo county down to San Diego (about 1/2 the state), and there have been trees down, thousands of car accidents, and power outages. Quite a few fast water rescues, and we are expecting mudslides in the local burn areas.
It's really really nasty. And supposedly, this storm's twin is sitting offshore, coming our way tomorrow. Maybe I should actually buy an umbrella.