Winter storm expected to slam much of U.S. as it moves from California to the Southeast

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By Doha Madani

A winter storm is expected to slam much of U.S. as it moves from California to the Southeast.

Heavy rain in Southern California on Thursday flooded streets and triggered mandatory evacuation orders in wildfire-ravaged areas over fears of flooding and mudslides.

The 1.9 inches of rainfall was nearly double that of the previous record rainfall amount on the same day in 1997, according to the National Weather Service.

Burned hillsides deluged by the rains became mudslides. The biggest in the area covered the Pacific Coast Highway near Leo Carrillo State Beach, shutting down narrow, winding thruway for hours.

In Burbank, a plane slid off the runway in the heavy rains, but no one was injured.

The storm is forecast to move east, bringing heavy rain, sleet and snow from the Southwest to the Midwest, where 32 million people were under flood or winter weather alerts Friday.





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