Light showers slipped into the Los Angeles Basin late Tuesday afternoon, bringing a flurry of wind and lightning that caused scattered power outages.
The brief weather front did little more than wet the streets in most areas and was moving to the east by mid-evening. Not, however, before knocking out power to about 4,800 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers in Hollywood, Highland Park and the San Fernando Valley.
In San Gabriel, lightning set trees afire at a plant nursery and knocked out power around Broadway and Walnut Grove Avenue, leaving police officers to direct traffic at several intersections.
California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Kerr said injury accidents on area freeways were about twice the normal number, which is "what you usually get with the first rain of the season."