Parts of Southern California are being hit by storms that
have flooded or even closed some highways as record rainfall fell Tuesday and
Northbound U.S. 101 was closed to traffic north of Gaviota
in Santa Barbara County because of a mudslide, and portions of California Route
1 were closed in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties due to flooding and
mudslides, the California Department of Transportation reported.
Forecasters predicted that the rain throughout the region,
including the Los Angeles area, would continue through the day Wednesday, Dec.
29 and possibly return in the evening hours of Thursday Dec. 30.The Los Angeles Times reported the area
had received little rain from March to the start of autumn; however, since
then, the area has been hit by considerable precipitation. This October was the
wettest in the area in the past century, the newspaper reported.