A spring storm brought heavy rain and gusty winds to Southern California on Wednesday night. The umbrellas were out and the rain was coming down in Ventura County on Wednesday night.

A spring storm brought heavy rain and gusty winds to Southern California on Wednesday night.

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Isolated showers hit early in the day in Ventura County, including Camarillo and Oxnard. However, the brunt of the spring storm did not arrive until late in the evening.

A half-inch to an inch of rain was expected to fall in most areas, with an inch-and-a-half possible in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service. There was also a chance of isolated thunderstorms.

Showers were expected to last through Thursday morning, possibly clearing up by 9 a.m.

The wet spring is making up for our drier-than-normal winter. The seasonal rain total since last July is more than a half-foot below normal.

Earlier in the day, the impending rain storm did not deter some Ventura residents from taking a stroll along the beach.

"We love rain, we love the smell, we love the moisture it gives the Earth," said Carolyn Stewart of Ventura.

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