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An unexpected, quick-moving storm brought scattered downpours and some lighting to parts of the Southland Friday, just in time for the start of the evening rush hour.

The sudden storm hit around 2:30 p.m., moving across South Los Angeles and heading toward Orange County.

According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms hit downtown Los Angeles and East Los Angeles around 3:40 p.m. Meanwhile, 0.17 inches of rain fell in 15 minutes at Hansen Dam.

Heavy rain also fell in Burbank and in parts of the San Fernando Valley.

The storm was fueled by a low-pressure system from the south containing tropical moisture, according to the NWS.

At about 4 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department crews responded to the Cahuenga Pass after receiving a report that a dog had been swept away in the rain-swollen Los Angeles River. Crews spotted the dog and a firefighter was lowered by helicopter, scooping the dog out of the water and carrying him to safety.

Meanwhile, the sudden storm quickly soaked roads and freeways, snarling traffic on some routes.

Forecasters said a chance of isolated thunderstorms would linger in the area tonight. Partly cloudy conditions are expected over the weekend.

City News Service

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