Winter Storm Kills Three People

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At least three people are dead as a result of a wicked storm system that's been pounding the West Coast with heavy snow, torrential rains and high winds.

East of Los Angeles, a 25-year-old woman died after her pickup
truck was swept into a flood channel. Rescuers found her boyfriend
clinging to a tree.

The storm also was blamed for the death of a woman killed by a falling tree in Oregon.

And in the high desert town of Fernley, Nevada, a levee ruptured
flooding hundreds of homes.

Avalanche warnings are up for the backcountry of the central
Sierra Nevada and flash flood warnings are in effect for many areas
of Southern California, where large swaths of hillsides have been
denuded by wildfires.