Fiesta Hermosa Closed; People Scramble For Cover
The music stopped and people ran under pop-up tents and awnings for cover.
Fiesta Hermosa, the three-day music and arts event at and around the pier, suddenly shut down and a strange vibe took command as a freak storm suddenly hit Hermosa Beach, CA, on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.
A morning sprinkle, which happened at about 9 a.m., gave little indication of what was to come later in the afternoon. At about 5, the sprinkles returned and quickly turned into rain and potentially heavy rain.
This caused the Fiesta Hermosa band in the beer garden to shut down and the stage and vendors on Pier Plaza to close. People were looking for places to escape the rain – which was really only a heavy drizzle – under any remaining pop-up tents and the few available restaurant awnings, while the South Bay’s single people who had been in the beer garden filed into the bars for shelter.
The rain lasted for about 20 minutes, leaving The Strand wet, some standing water on Pier Plaza and the sidewalks and providing for a somewhat rare post-wet sunset.
The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for parts of Southern California due to the remnants of tropical system Lidia. In Santa Barbara, there was a microburst of weather, perhaps even a tornado, in which small boats were overturned and there were downed trees and power lines.
But there was such occurrences in Hermosa, only a short burst of light to medium rain.
And for people not used to it in Southern California, especially in September, it was interesting to watch them react as if it were a major thunderstorm.
Rain also fell in the Rose Bowl during the second quarter of the UCLA-Texas A&M game which, by the way, the Bruins stormed back from a 34-point third-quarter deficit to win 45-44, much to the astonishment and also please of people watching the game in the Hermosa Beach bars.