SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Much-needed rain is falling in Northern California at the start of what the drought-ridden state hopes is a new one-two punch of stormy weather.
Forecasters say the storm will move down the coast, dumping a half-inch to an inch of rain in southern areas late in the day.
A potentially stronger storm moving in late Thursday could bring thunder and dump up to two inches of rain in central and southern valleys, two to four inches in the foothills and up to 6 inches in some mountain spots.
Suburbs in the Los Angeles foothills are preparing for flash flooding in areas burned by wildfires. Sandbags are being provided in communities along mountain ranges east and west of Los Angeles.
2013 was California's driest year on record.
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