The most immediate consequence of this storm fell on drivers; from highways to neighborhood streets. The storm brought big rain drops; and combined with some winter fog gave people fits behind the wheel.
Heavy rains started to pound the valley just before 8 o'clock. On interstate 5, just north of Elk Grove, a mother and baby drove off the highway and into a ditch. "The driver was trying to pull over, she got lost, couldn't see and drove right off the road," says CHP officer David Lakhamsene.
Residents heeded warnings in many neighborhoods, raking up leaves and clearing storm drains. But in Sacramento, at 42nd and J Street, the city didn't pick them up and big puddles quickly formed. "It's a nasty night out, dodging all the flooding caused by leaves clogging up the drains. We barely made it home" says Ernst Deuter.
Early on the storm was little more than a nuisance. Holiday shoppers scurried across parking lots to beat the downpour; a lucky few even got curb service. "Got a lot of names on there?" FOX40's John Lobertini asked pointing to a folded piece of yellow paper Kristen Hansen was trying to keep dry. "It's just family," it's Hansen's Christmas list and there was lots to buy even on a rainy night. "Yea, I heard it was supposed to rain all week. I've had enough (rain) already actually!" she told us while standing in the rain.
The storm is already knocking out power. As of 10 o'clock Friday night almost 2,500 PG&E customers in downtown Yuba City and Marysville had been without electricity for almost 4 hours.