California Storms Cause $10M in Damage; More Rain on Way

December 28, 2010

The rains and snows that socked California for a week have eased for now but another storm is on its way.

The National Weather Service said temperatures have risen slightly across Los Angeles and San Diego counties and showers have eased in the San Francisco Bay area.

A fast-moving storm approaching from the Pacific Northwest is predicted to move into California today and is expected to bring rains on Wednesday morning.

Last week, California was deluged with heavy rains that resulted in tens of millions of dollars of damage, according to preliminary estimates.

A state of emergency was declared in 11 counties, including Los Angeles, Orange and Santa Barbara. In Highland, five homes were destroyed by the rains, and 70 others damaged.

There have been two deaths resulting from cars plunging into waterways and several other storm-related traffic fatalities.

Meanwhile, other Western states also are facing potential rain damage. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watch for Oahu, Kauai and Niihau through this afternoon. The service says a flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding in the area.

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