The Latest: No initial reports of flooding, debris flows

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on a storm that has forced evacuations in California (all times are local):

6:45 pm

The rain from a powerful Pacific storm will fall across areas of central and southern California are in danger of mudslides, but there are no reports of problems, such as significant flooding or debris flows.

The storm was closely watched Wednesday in Santa Barbara County, where in January a storm is unleashed and debris-laden floods that ravaged the community of Montecito, killing 21 people.

County spokeswoman Suzanne Grimmesey said debris catch basins that filled in January were completely cleared and until now fully functioning in the current storm.

Grimmesey said that, forecasters expect rainfall to intensify through Wednesday morning.

Many California communities are at risk from storm runoff damage by large forest fires that are barren landscapes.


11:06 pm

A powerful Pacific storm is moving into the central and southern parts of California, flowing communities previously plagued by forest fires and mudslides.

Thousands of residents evacuated their homes before the storm while the others were to wait and hope for the best.

Late Tuesday, Los Angeles County authorities told thousands more to be prepared to evacuate from neighborhoods in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, which are also heavily affected by forest fires.

Many residents in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have faced repeated evacuations or advisories since December, when a wind-driven fire grew to be the largest in recorded history and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings.

In January, a storm unleashed mudslides that swamped hundreds of homes in their community of Montecito, and 21 people killed.

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