Updates on the winter storms in Southern California

Rain Drops on SoCal as First of Two Expected Storms Hit

By Jason Kandel
|  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014  |  Updated 1:58 AM PDT
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Glendora Prepares for Possible Mudslides

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

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Storm Warnings in 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.

Watch: Timelapse of LA's Much-Needed 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.
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Rain moved into Southern California, marking the start of what is expected to be three days of significant rainfall.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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