California takes another soaking

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fast-moving thunderstorms are bringing more
heavy rain to Southern California.
Up to 2 inches of rain has fallen in valley and coastal areas
since nightfall yesterday, with about double that in mountain
areas.
Officials say the rain is bringing a threat of serious slides on
hillsides stripped of vegetation by last year's wildfires. Mud and
minor rock slides prompted authorities to shut a highway through a
San Diego-area burned between Ramona and Escondido.
In downtown Los Angeles, today's basketball game between the Los
Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers was delayed 12 minutes after
a small leak in the Staples Center roof allowed a steady flow of
raindrops to fall on the court.
And the Santa Anita race track canceled horse races for the
sixth day this month because of wet conditions on the synthetic
track.
The storm system also soaked parts of Northern California and
the weather service posted winter storm warnings for parts of the
Sierra Nevada.
A highway was closed in the mountains south of San Francisco,
and Pacific Gas and Electric said about 2,700 homes and businesses
were still blacked out because of earlier storms.


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