Storm sweeps into Southern California after pounding the north

Dec 12, 2014 8:38 AM by Cheryl Wengren

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The storm system that clobbered the San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest yesterday is now triggering mudslides and evacuations in Southern California.

The National Weather Service says mud and debris has blocked part of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County after heavy rain fell there and in western Los Angeles County, where possible flash flooding is a concern.

Precautionary evacuations began last night in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora, where the foothills were stripped bare by a major wildfire this year.

Yesterday, the brunt of the storm hit the San Francisco Bay Area and the surrounding region, pushing waterways toward flood stage, toppling trees, and cutting power to thousands.

In Oregon, the winds proved deadly. A falling tree killed a homeless man who was sleeping on a trail, and a teenage boy died after a large tree fell on the vehicle in which he was riding, causing it to swerve and hit another tree.


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