LOS ANGELES (AP) - The first wave of a powerful Pacific storm is spreading rain and snow through much of California, where communities endangered by a wildfire just weeks ago now face the threat of mud and debris flows.
Authorities in the foothill cities of Glendora and Azusa east of Los Angeles are keeping a wary eye on the barren slopes as rains move through. Small debris flows covered one Glendora street but no property damage occurred. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for about 1,000 homes in the area on Thursday.
Numerous traffic accidents occurred on slick or flooded roads across Southern California, A 10-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway west of Malibu was closed as a precaution against possible rockslides.
In Los Angeles, rising water forced police to close major roads crossing the Sepulveda Basin.