El Nino Storms Arrive In West With Heavy Rain

A man crosses a street during a steady rainfall on September 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, as a low-pressure system filled with moisture from a former tropical cyclone unleashed heavy rain. At least eight people were pulled into rain-swollen San Gabriel River Tuesday as a storm drenched Southern California, flooding freeways and knocking out power. AFP PHOTO /FREDERIC J.BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

A man crosses a street during a steady rainfall on September 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, as a low-pressure system filled with moisture from a former tropical cyclone unleashed heavy rain. At least eight people were pulled into rain-swollen San Gabriel River Tuesday as a storm drenched Southern California, flooding freeways and knocking out power. AFP PHOTO /FREDERIC J.BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on the El Nino Storms (all times are local):

8 a.m.

Forecasters say a storm moving into Southern California is moving faster than expected and so far dropping less rain than predicted.

However the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said early Tuesday that rainfall could still be strong enough to trigger flash flooding and debris flows on fire-scarred hillsides.

Residents of the Silverado Canyon burn area in Orange County and the Solimar burn area in Ventura County have been told they may want to evacuate in advance of the storms, but have not been ordered to do so. A flash-flood watch for wildfire burn areas is in effect through late Wednesday.

The storms are also whipping up large, long-period ocean swells that could generate hazardous breaking waves at west-facing harbors in San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.

7:10 a.m.

El Nino storms have arrived.

The stronger systems that were predicted starting Tuesday following light rain a day earlier are drenching the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Tuesday's storm is just the beginning.

At least two more storms are expected to follow on Wednesday and Thursday, possibly bringing as much as 3 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for Northern California communities affected by several destructive wildfires last summer and fall.

Jan. 5, 2016 11:05 AM EST AP

 
 

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