Strongest storm in years taking aim at Southern California: More than two months rain to be dumped in a couple of hours in some places

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    Southern California bracing for an ‘off the
    charts’ storm
    It’s the strongest storm to hit Southern
    California in many years and is expected to dump torrential rain, with flash
    flooding and strong winds.
    It’s all part of one of the most intense
    storms to strike the region since before the state’s epic drought began in
    2012, which is likely to bring several inches of rain on average to areas from
    Santa Barbara southward to San Diego.
     A flash flood watch has been issued
    for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Friday morning through
    Saturday morning. Evacuations have been ordered in some burn areas. High surf
    could cause coastal flooding. Powerful winds could result in downed trees and
    power lines.
    Twice the month average total of rain will
    fall in just a couple of hours in most places.

    The storm is expected to dump up to 6
    inches of rain on Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and 5 to 10 inches on
    south-facing foothills and coastal mountain slopes, according to the National
    Weather Service.  A flash flood watch has
    been issued for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Friday
    morning through Saturday morning.

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    Much of that rainfall is expected to fall
    within a short time Friday afternoon and evening, with rain potentially falling
    at a rate of more than an inch an hour, forecasters said.
    The storm, which combines an unusually
    intense low pressure area with a fire hose of moisture whose hose stretches
    back for more than 2,000 miles, way out to near Hawaii, will rage throughout
    the day on Friday and into Saturday in one of the most populated and
    storm-averse areas of the country.

    At its peak, winds are likely to gust
    greater than 50 miles per hour in the Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas,
    which will cause extensive air travel delays and down trees and power lines.
    Some areas could see winds approach or exceed 100 miles per hour, particularly
    in the higher elevations of San Diego County.



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