West faces deadly weather

The Pacific Coast is in for more over the holidays, according to forecasters.

BY SUSAN KIM | CARLSBAD, Calif. | December 17, 2002

The Pacific Coast -- which saw deadly weather over the weekend -- is in for more over the holidays, according to forecasters.

On Monday flash floods hit Carlsbad, south of Los Angeles, according to Fire Chief Tom Dana. Emergency officials had to rescue people from vehicles.

In northern California, emergency crews also rescued people from high water on the Guadalupe River in San Jose.

The Napa River burst its banks and residents were evacuated from RiverPointe, a resort in Napa.

Napa Creek caused flooding in downtown Napa Monday, and several shops were filled with mud. Two dozen residents were evacuated.

The town of Felton Grove also saw some evacuations.

The Russian River also rose toward flood stage.

The northern California towns of Yountville and Los Gatos were also at risk for floods. Those areas received six inches of rain late Sunday and early Monday, along with 50 mph winds.

On Mount Diablo, west of San Francisco Bay, winds reached 100 mph.

Some 250,000 people from Eureka to Bakersfield were without power Monday, and some schools were closed.

Winds of 100 mph as well as heavy rain also blanketed California and Oregon over the weekend. At least nine deaths were blamed on the weather.

The area can expect more rain in the next two weeks. "We're in a seriously unstable pattern through the first of the year," said National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin.

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