Latest: Rain partially collapses child care center roof

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):

9 p.m.

Rain from a Southern California storm caused the partial collapse of a roof at a child care center but no youngsters were hurt.

KSWB-TV reports that the collapse happened Thursday afternoon at the Homeroom Hourly Child Care center in the San Diego suburb of Carlsbad.

Children, employees and pets were inside but nobody was injured.

The building in a shopping center was evacuated of people and also pets, including a chinchilla, a snake, a scorpion, a tarantula, a leopard gecko, two toads, a tree frog, a bearded dragon and a lizard.

The storm also prompted mandatory evacuations for hundreds of homes in fire-scarred areas near Los Angeles.

The storm is expected to fade away by Friday morning.


3:30 p.m.

Authorities have reopened a main north-south freeway in Southern California where snowfall stranded hundreds of cars.

The California Highway Patrol had closed Interstate 5 Thursday in the Grapevine area between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley. The road was shut for several hours while snow was cleared away. Several big rigs skidded and blocked lanes during the snow.

The road was reopened in both directions Thursday afternoon.


1:45 p.m.

Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for Orange County canyon neighborhoods below a wildfire burn scar as rain pounds Southern California.

The National Weather Service extended flood warnings Thursday for the communities in the Santa Ana Mountains south of Los Angeles.

Sheriff’s officials say residents in Trabuco Canyon should leave as the risk of mudslides spikes during the relentless downpours.

Flood warnings and watches have expired in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but rain is expected to continue throughout the day.

Transportation officials have reopened southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area between LA and the San Joaquin Valley. The northbound lanes remain closed because several big rigs blocked lanes during heavy snow.

Earlier firefighters plucked motorists from cars stuck in a flooded intersection in the North Hollywood area.


10:30 a.m.

A Southwest plane skidded off a wet runway as it landed during heavy rain at Hollywood Burbank Airport north of Los Angeles.

The Federal Aviation Administration says no injuries were reported during the landing Thursday as a powerful fall storm swept through the region.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane came to a stop in a graded area designed to slow aircraft that overshoot the runway.

Meanwhile snow has forced the closure of Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area between LA and the San Joaquin Valley. Transportation officials say vehicles were sliding in lanes along the key north-south route.

Closer to sea level, the system dumped rain that flooded highways and caused nightmare traffic conditions for commuters.

A mudslide closed Pacific Coast Highway and other roads in the Malibu area, where hillsides were denuded by recent wildfires.


9:10 a.m.

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.


8:10 a.m.

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 off-ramp 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.


6:40 a.m.

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.

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