Photos: Storm brings voluntary evacuations

A man with a long beard stands next to a wall supported by wooden beams
Jay Parker, 40, fortifies a wall he built to protect his home in Silverado Canyon.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

The powerful storm that has been pelting Northern California with rain and snow arrived Thursday in the Southland, where wet, wintry weather is likely to linger well into the holiday weekend.

The storm snarled travel and created icy hazards to the north, with officials in Tuolumne County on Thursday issuing an evacuation advisory after cracks were reported in the Twain Harte Lake Dam.

Southern Californians were also on edge as the storm made its arrival and threatened to bring flash floods and debris flows in several areas, including those near streams, rivers and wildfire burn scars.

Authorities in Orange County issued a mandatory evacuation warning for residents near the Bond fire burn zone, which will remain in effect through noon Friday, while residents near the Alisal fire burn scar in Santa Barbara County were told to prepare to shelter in place.


Flood watches are also in effect for portions of San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties through Friday morning.

A fallen eucalyptus tree blocks a wet highway, forcing vehicles to turn around and use an onramp as an exit
A fallen eucalyptus tree blocks the northbound lanes of Highway 13 in Oakland, forcing vehicles to turn around and use an onramp as an exit on Thursday.
(Jessica Christian / Associated Press)
Traffic stopped on a snow-covered highway
An image from a Caltrans traffic camera shows vehicles stopped on snow-covered Interstate 80 at Donner Summit, Calif., on Thursday.
A man with a long beard stands on a muddy, rocky hillside
Jay Parker stands outside his home on Silverado Canyon Road in Orange County on Thursday, keeping tabs on the latest storm to hit the Southland after his yard was washed away by a flash flood during last week’s rain.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

A man walks with a large umbrella and several smaller ones
A street vendor peddles umbrellas Thursday in downtown Los Angeles.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A young girl rides her scooter in the rain
Addison McConnell, 2, of Redondo Beach rides her scooter in the rain during a family outing in Hermosa Beach.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

A pedestrian covers her head from the rain with her coat
Devynn Turk, visiting from New York, walks on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica on Thursday.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Two women eat slices of pizza
Lily Smith, left, and Taylor Selemas eat pizza in Hermosa Beach.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
A couple share an umbrella in front of an outdoor Christmas tree
Jessica Altobelli and Aaron Hatfield share an umbrella while walking toward the Hermosa Beach pier.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Pedestrians walk past a storefront with a cartoon of Santa Claus and the words "Ho ho ho"
Pedestrians on Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
People wearing bandannas as masks walk on a sidewalk next to a man in a coat and short pants
Dave Maltas, left, from Tampa, Fla., waits for a ride in Hermosa Beach.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)