LOS ANGELES (AP) – Thunderstorms pounded Southern California with lightning-streaked downpours Monday. The storm brought more than 1 1/2 inches of rain to the mountains of Los Angeles County and hail pelted some areas including suburban Thousand Oaks. Traffic accidents tied up freeways, including an apparently weather-related gasoline tanker crash and fire on Interstate 5 that killed the driver shortly before 2 a.m. Flash flood concerns were raised in areas denuded by big wildfires in late September and early this month, when Southern California was under the spell of dry heat wave. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The fall storm began sending showers into the region late Saturday and on Sunday, then unleashed a barrage of cannon-shot thunderclaps and deluges early Monday. An upper-level, low-pressure system 200 miles southwest of Los Angeles was slowly approaching Southern California and was expected to move in during the night, then depart the region on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.