Heavy rain expected in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The full force of a storm moving into Southern California is expected to be felt this morning, with possible thunderstorms and rains up to an inch an hour.

Ahead of the storm, about 1,000 homes were evacuated in eastern foothill suburbs of Los Angeles. They sit beneath steep mountain slopes that were stripped bare by fire in January.

A ten-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway was closed overnight in Ventura County because of what the Highway Patrol says was a high likelihood of rock slides in another area that was left bare by a fire.

Cities in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties have been handing out sandbags in anticipation of heavy rain.

California's rain totals in recent months have been far below normal. It will take a series of drenching storms to make a dent in a statewide drought that is among the worst in recent history.

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150-a-13-(Bruce Terry, meteorologist, National Weather Service)-"sections of California"-National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Terry says California is finally getting some much needed rain, but it could turn out to be too much of a good thing. (There's concern about flooding and mudslides on land previously scorched by wildfires.) (28 Feb 2014)

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152-a-17-(Bruce Terry, meteorologist, National Weathe Service)-"relief in sight"-National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Terry says that while the rain and snow in California are certainly welcome, this might provide only temporary relief. (28 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO CARS104: Homes on a sreet below a burned-over hillside are considered especially at risk in Azusa, Calif., as the city makes preparations for possible flooding Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for 1,000 homes in Glendora and Azusa, two foothill suburbs east of Los Angeles, in advance of a powerful storm. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (27 Feb 2014)

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