Check out this live cam of California’s emergency operations center in Sacramento. The stream becomes available online when major disasters strike and the state needs to keep residents informed. Pounding rain in southern California is causing streets to flood, hillsides to give way and mud to hold up motorists.

Hundreds of homes have reportedly been evacuated. The Los Angeles Times earlier today posted a remarkable photo of floodwaters raging around a half-submerged Porsche. The storm is expected to ease by tonight.

Live cam footage underwent some technical difficulties just a while ago, but the California Emergency Management Agency (@CalEMA on Twitter) tells us it should now be working steadily. Click below.

G.W. Schulz is a reporter for Reveal, covering security, privacy, technology and criminal justice. Since joining The Center for Investigative Reporting in 2008, he's reported stories for NPR, KQED, Wired.com, The Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones and more. Prior to that, he wrote for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and was an early contributor to The Chauncey Bailey Project, which won a Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors in 2008. Schulz also has won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Chapter. He graduated from the University of Kansas and is based in Austin, Texas.