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The Latest: Storm pounds California with rain and snow

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on California storms (all times local):

7 a.m.

Wide areas of California are on alert for treacherous conditions as the latest in series of Pacific storms dumps rain and snow.

Flash flood warnings are posted in many areas statewide Thursday morning and some neighbourhoods near wildfire burn scars are under evacuation orders.

The Santa Barbara County community of Montecito that was devastated by a deadly debris flow a year ago has received 1.5 inches (3.8 centimetres) of rain in 24 hours, but so far has avoided a repeat of the disaster.

In the Sierra Nevada foothills, a flash flood watch is in effect for the area burned by the wildfire that obliterated the town of Paradise in November. The higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada has seen blizzard conditions.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports three people, including a 1-year-old girl, were killed Tuesday when a car went out of control in heavy rain in El Dorado County and crashed into another car. Two other storm-related deaths were reported earlier in Northern California.


11:20 p.m.

The last Pacific storm in a weeklong series is expected to douse an already-soaked California and forecasters say the state is still at risk for dangerous mudslides in burn areas and blizzards in the high Sierras.

Southern California hillsides scarred by last year’s massive wildfires have held up through days of rain but a final downpour is predicted Thursday.

Meanwhile, Northern California was hard-hit Wednesday. Authorities say a homeless man in Oakland died when a tree branch fell on him, possibly as he sought shelter from the rain.

Tens of thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric customers were left without power as the weather downed electrical lines.

Forecasters say the state should begin drying out Friday.

The Associated Press