California Cities Order Evacuations Ahead of Storm

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LOS ANGELES (AP) California is bracing for the arrival tonight of a powerful Pacific storm.

It's expected to bring widespread rain and snow to the drought-stricken state. But while the water is desperately needed, it's feared the heavy rain could trigger flooding and mud flows into communities near areas scarred by wildfire.

Officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for about 1,000 homes in two of Los Angeles' eastern foothill suburbs. The cities of Glendora and Azusa issued the orders at midday Thursday for homes that could be endangered by debris flows from nearly 2,000 acres of steep mountain slopes burned by a wildfire last month.

For days, both cities have been making extensive preparations including sandbagging and lining streets with k-rails.

California received widespread rain Wednesday and early Thursday from the first of two back-to-back storms. The more powerful second storm is due overnight.