Police officers responded to multiple crashes Thursday morning as road assistance crews cleared debris from streets.
The California Highway Patrol said that its officers were spread thin but prepared for the impact of the storm.
Officers warn that poor weather conditions and rush hours make for dangerous roads. Fallen tree limbs and flooding caused a number of traffic delays early Thursday morning.
“If you lose control or hydroplane, and in essence, you are out of control for that brief moment in time it can result in a spin-out situation or even worse a collision as a result of that,” said CHP Officer and Spokesperson Mike Poelking.
Law enforcement agencies are asking people to slow down and leave extra time to get to your destination safely. They suggest:
- Check your headlights, windshield wipers and tires to make sure they are all working properly.
- Give yourself extra time to drive to your destination.
- Increase your following distance from the car in front of you.
Poelking said if you see a traffic hazard involving power lines, stay clear of the areas, stay in your car and call 911.