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Rain Drops on SoCal as First of Two Expected Storms Hit

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    As drizzle falls in Glendora a 9-year-old boy grabs a shovel to help fill sandbags.

    Rain moved into Southern California, marking the start of what is expected to be three days of significant rainfall.

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    Storm Warnings in Homeless Encampments

    [LA] Warnings Ahead of Storm in Riverside Homeless Encampments
    Authorities warned people in the encampments of the upcoming storms. Jacob Rascon reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014.

    Rain was reported in Burbank, Glendora and Ventura County about 8 p.m Wednesday.

    By 1 a.m. Thursday, rain was reported throughout the Southland, including in Sherman Oaks, Westchester and Fullerton.

    Watch: Timelapse of LA's Much-Needed Storm

    [LA] It's Here: Timelapse of LA's Much-Anticipated Storm
    This timelapse video shot by NBC4's downtown Los Angeles camera on Feb. 26, 2014, shows the first of two winter storms rolling into the region.

    The rain provides a welcome respite from the prolonged dry spell but also brings the threat of flooding, landslides, traffic tangles and other problems.

    According to the CHP website, 30 traffic incidents were reported between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday in the LA area.

    Forecast: SoCal Storms Arrive

    Forecast: SoCal Storms Arrive
    As storms arrive in Southern California, the region is bracing for the first major downpour in months.

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    Law enforcement agencies around the region were bracing for the storms.

    Glendora Prepares for Possible Mudslides

    [LA] Glendora Prepares for Possible Mudslides
    As a storm system approached Southern California, Glendora residents were preparing for possible mudslides in the areas impacted by the Colby Fire in January. Kim Baldonado reports from Glendora for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

    Deputies in Lancaster and Palmdale were on a heightened state of alert.

    The potential for mudslides in the Green Valley and Elizabeth Lake areas are extremely high due to recent wildfires.

    Hollywood Braces for Pair of Rain Storms

    [LA] Hollywood Braces for Pair of Rain Storms
    Known for its flood-prone streets, officials are taking no chances in Hollywood, which is expected to get hit especially hard by a pair of approaching storms. Ted Chen reports from Hollywood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

    Just a small amount of rainfall on a burned area can lead to flash floods and debris flow.

    Such rushing waters coupled with soil and rock can destroy bridges, roadways, structures and cause serious injury or death, Wolfe says.

    Storms Expected to Bring Snow Relief to Big Bear

    [LA] Storms Expected to Bring Snow Relief to Big Bear
    Usually a top destination for mountain-goers during winter, Big Bear hasn t been its snowy self this year. But the arrival of a pair of cold, wet storms headed for Southern California is expected to change that. Tony Shin reports from Snow Summit for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

    Residents in foothill neighborhoods under the threat of mudslides and flooding surrounded homes with sandbags this week as communities prepared for what the National Weather Service described as the "largest rain event" in Southern California since March 2011.

    In Glendora, more than 18,000 sandbags -- enough to cover four miles if placed end to end -- have been distributed to residents to protect properties from floods and debris flow.

    Long Beach Watching Flood Danger as Storms Approach

    [LA] Long Beach Watching Flood Danger as Storms Approach
    City workers and residents are taking to steps to prevent flooding in Long Beach as the area prepares for heavy rainfall from a pair of approaching storms. Hetty Chang reports from Long Beach for the NBC4 News at Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

    The heaviest rain was expected after the evening commute and into the overnight hours.

    The more powerful of the two storms was expected to arrive Thursday evening and bring up to 2 inches of rain in central and southern valleys, 2 to 4 inches in foothill areas and 6 inches of rain in some mountains.

    Rain Could Mean Asbestos and Lead Contamination

    [LA] Rain Could Mean Asbestos and Lead Contamination
    With rain in the forecast, residents of Glendora Foothills are concerned about the possible asbestos and lead contamination runoff that could come from properties that were burned down during the Colby Fire. John Cádiz Klemack reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Glendora Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

    The National Weather Service described it as the most significant storm in the last three years in Southern California, adding that thunderstorms are possible Friday and Saturday. Showers could continue into early Sunday.

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