Monday, December 9, 2013

Orange County! How Cold Is It?

It's soooooooo cold, everyone in Orange County has busted out the scarves, hats, gloves and snow jackets. Drive down any street and you'll see a number of people bundled up and looking like refugees from Antarctica. There are of course, those stubborn southern Californians who refuse to acknowledge it's December and insist on wearing shorts (yes, I've seen a few), but for the rest of us, we're shivering away like we've never experienced weather under 60 degrees before.

Wet weather and fast driving were a dangerous mix for five
teenage girls when their car drove up an embankment Saturday
in Rancho Santa Margarita (image via abc7)
As a result, the cold is beginning to have some serious consequences, including three chimney fires that broke out on the same day. Irvine, Tustin, and Lake Forest all reported fires on the same day due to lighting chimneys that had not been used for awhile, then were left on for hours at a time. All the families and pets were reported safe, but it serves as a warning to double-check your chimneys before lighting them up.

The rainy weather has also made it dangerous for drivers; in Rancho Santa Margarita, five teenage girls riding together in a 2006 Mercedes Benz C230 were in a accident when their car failed to turn on the rain-soaked street. Instead, it crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic and traveled up an embankment before crashing into two trees and coming to a stop.

Of the five girls that were injured, two remain in critical condition.

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