Light show in the sky

A powerful, slow-moving storm system pounded Laguna Beach and the surrounding area with rain, thunder and lightning early in the week. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for the city, and 1.6 inches of rain was reported at City Hall in a 24-hour period on Tuesday, according to news accounts.

The lightning was most intense early Tuesday morning, but there were no problems reported to Laguna Beach Police as a result of the storm, according to Sgt. Louise Callus. The National Weather Service issued a warning of very strong currents, possibly severe rip currents and dangerous swimming conditions along the Orange County coast on Friday.

The storm began to move out of the area Wednesday, but drizzle is forecast through Saturday, according to the Weather Service. The sun should come out, appropriately, on Sunday.

— Cindy Frazier

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