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California skies clear briefly

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. – A heavy rainstorm that pounded Southern California’s wildfire-scarred foothills with heavy rain moved on without causing major damage Monday, but not before prompting evacuations, cutting power to thousands and forcing even Disneyland to close several hours early.

Skies were expected to clear today, giving Californians a brief respite before the next of three back-to-back storms was expected to sweep into the region later in the day.

Rainfall totals ranged from 1 to 3 inches along the coast and in the valleys, and from 3 to 6 inches in the mountain areas, said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Forecasters said storms lasting through Friday could drop a total of 20 inches of rain.

Authorities ordered nearly 200 homes evacuated or put on alert in foothill communities just below areas devastated by the massive Station wildfire, which charred more than 250 square miles of the Angeles National Forest in August. More than 100 homes remained evacuated or on alert in La Canada Flintridge on Monday night.

Authorities evacuated 83 homes about seven miles away in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Mountain foothills for part of the day, but invited most of those residents to return in the evening after the storm had passed.

Another 300 homes were isolated in a remote canyon neighborhood in Altadena after debris being carried downstream stacked up against a small bridge and caused flooding on an access road.

About 63,000 customers in Southern California were without power for part of the day as flooding and high winds toppled power lines or sent drivers careening into electric poles.

The storm broke a 1993 rainfall record at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, where 1.55 inches of rain were recorded.



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