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Storms pound CA

Powerful thunderstorms with 60-mph winds spawned two tornadoes and hail in southern California on Sunday, causing flooding and power outages, according to the National Weather Service.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | February 21, 2005

Powerful thunderstorms with 60-mph winds spawned two tornadoes and hail in southern California on Sunday, causing flooding and power outages, according to the National Weather Service.

Mudslides threatened several homes in Culver City (Los Angeles County) and in the Orange County cities of Mission Viejo and Anaheim.

La Conchita - the coastal hamlet where 10 people were killed by a landslide in January - was deserted as the U.S. Geological Survey warned that none of the roughly 150 remaining homes could be considered safe. The town northwest of Los Angeles faces a "rather bewildering variety of landslide hazards," a U.S. Geological Survey report said.

In Moorpark, rain triggered mudslides that forced Amtrak to cancel Los Angeles-to-Santa Barbara commuter rail service through Sunday afternoon.

In Long Beach, 40 people were evacuated and at least seven homes were inundated with several feet of water.

Two tornadoes touched down for about two minutes each in Fallbrook (San Diego County) and Temecula (Riverside County). No major damage was reported.

By Monday morning, power outages were concentrated in Los Angeles County, where more than 2,500 homes were without juice.

Storms have been pounding California since Thursday, dumping up to five inches of rain in coastal and valley areas, and up to 8 inches in the mountains.

Mudslides damaged upscale hillside homes in Laguna Beach.

This has been an unusually wet season for California. Rainfall totals were already three times above normal for this time of year in Southern California.


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