The storm uprooted huge trees, crushed a dozen cars on woodland hills

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Yet another storm system swept through Southern California on Saturday, toppling trees, flooding beach communities and creating a chaotic, muddy mess.

Saturday’s rain system was not as strong as last week’s series of storms, but already saturated soil created mudflows and water flows that caused problems for residents and drivers.

In Woodland Hills, a large tree fell into a shopping center on Mulholland Drive and crushed at least a dozen cars.

Some people were trapped inside the vehicles, but managed to free themselves without serious injuries.

Customers dining nearby said it almost felt like an earthquake when the tree fell.

“We were eating inside the boiling crab and we heard a loud noise,” said Jordan Alvarez. “We felt it. It was like a jolt.”

He said he saw at least one person inside a crushed car.

“One guy was unfortunately inside and we had to help him out in front of his windshield,” Alvarez said. “It was pretty bad.”

At Seal Beach, a notorious drainage spot has once again flooded close to the beach, threatening the boardwalk. Residents say the area often backs up when it rains. Crews spent the day Saturday trying to clear the water with pumps.

In San Pedro, flooding began at the intersection of 5th and Gaffey when a storm drain backed up, sending water pouring into the street.

In Malibu, a large boulder fell off a mountainside and blocked Canaan Doom Road for hours while crews worked to remove it.

Became a woman in Laguna Hills Stuck in a tree The water in Aliso Creek quickly rose above him. The helicopter crew was able to airlift him to safety.

More rain is likely on Sunday and Monday. Here is the latest forecast.

Governor Gavin Newsom is warning Californians to be prepared.

“The reality is that this is only the eighth of what we expect to be nine atmospheric rivers,” Newsom said. “We’re not done.”

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