California storms to bring rain, threat of floods

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — Much needed rain is coming to parts of drought-stricken California but to some, it's also much dreaded.

People in fire-scarred neighborhoods are sandbagging their homes in anticipation of the first significant storms in months bringing possible mudslides and flooding.

The first storm is expected to hit Northern California this morning and move down the coast, dumping a half-inch to an inch in southern areas late in the day. Forecasters say a potentially stronger storm moving in late tomorrow could bring thunder and dump up to 2 inches of rain in central and southern valleys, 2 to 4 inches in the foothills and up to 6 inches in some mountain spots.

All that predicted rain and snow should be good news. But there's a downside. Forecasters say the ground is so dry that there could be more runoff than absorption and intense rain could mean flash floods.

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