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December 11th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Heavy rain, power outages hit California; blizzards, flooding, high winds expected

Affected by the storm? Send your photos to CNN iReport, but please stay safe.

Los Angeles (CNN) - Be careful what you wish for, California.

What seemed a godsend of rain is now pummeling the drought-ravaged state with flood warnings in wine country, a potential winter storm in the Sierras and enough moisture to cause mass urban blackouts.

Wind gusts were so furious at an expected 120 mph that the typically smooth mountain waters of Lake Tahoe roiled with waves, prompting Californians to do what comes naturally to them: go surfing.

The storm left 150,000 customers without power Thursday in the San Francisco Bay Area, including 94,000 in the city itself, the National Weather Service said.

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