As a strong storm swept over the region, firefighters were working to rescue a man stuck on a bank in the middle of the flowing LA River in Atwater Village.
The man was holding onto a tree as crews deployed a rescue boat to help him.
He was eventually pulled to safety, and taken to a hospital.
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Rain, snow, cold temperatures and fierce winds were expected throughout Southern California Wednesday and Thursday, snarling some Thanksgiving travel plans for many in the region.