Latest: Mud closes roads in burn area as rain hits LA area
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):
A mudslide has closed Pacific Coast Highway and other roads in and around Malibu, where heavy rain loosened hillsides scarred by last month’s wildfires.
At least one vehicle was stuck in the muck on PCH and multiple accidents were reported on flooded Los Angeles-area freeways as the storm moved through Thursday.
Debris flows closed canyon roads in a Malibu neighborhood that saw homes burned in November and mudslides during thunderstorms last week. No evacuation orders have been issued.
A portion of southbound State Route 170 in Los Angeles shut down during the morning commute after mud flowed onto the roadway.
The system, which is packing heavy winds, is expected to linger for much of the day before dissipating early Friday.
A flash flood warning issued in Southern California includes areas burned by recent wildfires where there are concerns about rain loosening charred hillsides and causing mud and debris flows.
A mudslide early Thursday forced the closure of an offramp from State Route 170 in Los Angeles. Roads across the region saw minor flooding from the second major storm of the season moving in from the Pacific.
The National Weather Service says the flood warning will remain in place until around 11 a.m. Some areas could see up to 1/3 of an inch (.85 centimeters) in a half-hour. No major problems have been reported in burn zones.
Heavy snow is expected at higher elevations in mountain areas.
The second round of a fall storm is causing flooding on Los Angeles-area roads but there have been no major problems in Southern California wildfire burn zones where there is concern about mudslides.
The National Weather Service has extended a flood advisory until 9 a.m. Thursday in the Malibu area where the Woolsey fire burned a vast swath of land last month. But meteorologist Keily Delerme says unless powerful thunderstorms develop, rain totals likely won’t be enough rain to trigger mudslides or debris flows on charred hillsides. An inch (2.5 centimeters) total could fall in some areas, but most communities will see about half that.
Motorists are urged to use caution on mountain roads, where up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) is predicted at higher elevations.
Pockets of light rain will persist through Friday morning.