California storms bring rain, threat of floods

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Much-needed rain is falling in California, the start of what the parched state hopes is a one-two punch of stormy weather.

A potentially stronger storm moving in late Thursday 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.

State water officials plan Thursday to survey the anemic mountain snow pack, and will likely find that California's precipitation is badly lagging what's needed to quench the region's thirst.

Suburbs in the Los Angeles foothills are preparing for flash flooding in areas burned by wildfires. Sandbags are being provided in communities along mountain ranges east and west of Los Angeles.

2013 was California's driest year on record.

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242-a-05-(Larry Bohan, resident, in interview)-"suffer another drought"-Mill Valley resident Larry Bohan welcomes the storms and rainfall. COURTESY: KGO-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (26 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO LA110: Volunteers, from left, Steve Hamilton, Thomas Lubboch and Becky Chen help fill sandbags before an expected storm Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014 in Glendora, Calif. Much-needed rain fell in Northern California on Wednesday at the outset of what the parched state hopes is the start to a one-two punch of stormy weather with a half inch of rain predicted. (AP Photo/Nick Ut ) (26 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO CABM102: A women walks along Treasure Island with the San Francisco Bay bridge in the background during a rain storm Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in San Francisco. Several winter storms are expected to bring rain to the Bay Area through the end of the week. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (26 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO FX102: A man crosses Stockton Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The first storm was expected to hit Northern California Wednesday morning and move down the coast, dumping a half-inch to an inch in southern areas late in the day, forecasters said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (26 Feb 2014)

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