Part of Interstate 10 Closed Due to Sinkhole

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rains that pummeled California have eased into lighter showers and clearer conditions for much of the southern part of the state this morning. But chilly temperatures rare for the region and the season remain.

Forecasters say another storm is moving in this afternoon, a day after statewide downpours made roads treacherous, collapsed a school roof in Anaheim and forced residents from homes out of fear of mudslides.

The storm was linked to the deaths of at least two people and was said to have contributed to at least one other.

Workers have been scrambling this morning to repair an 8-foot sinkhole that opened on the rain-softened Santa Monica Freeway, forcing huge traffic delays with the closure of two Los Angeles-bound lanes for several hours in Baldwin Park.

Rainfall records were set yesterday across Southern California, including more than 2½ inches at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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