The Latest: 10 mobile homes evacuated because of mudslide

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Posted: Jan 06, 2016 9:41 PM
The Latest: 10 mobile homes evacuated because of mudslide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest on El Nino storms (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

The threat from mudslides has prompted authorities to evacuate 10 mobile homes in an area northwest of Los Angeles that burned in a summer fire.

Los Angeles County Emergency Program Manager Ken Kondo says some of those removed from homes in Newhall on Wednesday are elderly or disabled. The Red Cross has opened a shelter.

No injuries are reported.

Hundreds of people were forced to flee the Crescent Valley mobile home park in June when a fire burned more than 400 acres of steep ridges and hillsides.

The fire left the area black and barren, and watery mud began flowing into the streets of the park Tuesday. After a pause, the flow began again along with the rain Wednesday.

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4:45 p.m.

Officials say San Francisco's iconic cable cars are back and running after being shut down for most of the day because of rainy weather.

The San Francisco Municipal Railway says riders should expect residual delays as cable cars get back on streets. Buses are picking up passengers along the cable-car routes that are not yet serviced.

They say there are also delays on buses and light-rail trains because they are running at reduced speeds.

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12:20 p.m.

Extensive flooding is occurring in the east end of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.

KTTV's helicopter is showing many cars swamped in deep water in the Sun Valley neighborhood Wednesday afternoon as the latest El Nino-powered storm pushes through California.

Traffic is also jammed on one side of nearby Interstate 5 because of flooding as well.

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12 p.m.

Officials say the San Francisco Municipal Railway has shut down all cable cars in the city due to rainy weather caused by a powerful El Nino storm.

Muni spokesman Paul Rose says the agency stopped service on the cable car lines Wednesday as a precaution and will restore service when the rain eases.

Muni officials are warning riders to expect delays t as buses and light-rail trains run at reduced speeds during the stormy weather.

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8:30 a.m.

The latest El Nino storm hit at the height of the San Francisco commute, causing car crashes, toppling trees and flooding streets and streams around most of the region.

The California Highway Patrol estimated there were nearly two dozen weather-related crashes on Wednesday during the morning drive.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood watch for nearly the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

The advisory will be in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday and includes high tides and potentially dangerous waves 15 to 20 feet high.

The system is packing colder temperatures, stronger winds and heavier rain than two previous storms as it heads toward the Central Coast and Southern California.

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6:30 a.m.

The thousand-mile coast of California is covered in warnings, watches and advisories for rain, flooding and high surf as another El Nino storm moves in from the Pacific.

The system Wednesday will pack colder temperatures, stronger winds and heavier rainfall than the two previous storms that have battered the state since the weekend.

Motorists in mountain areas are warned that blizzard conditions are possible above 4,000 feet — including several inches of snow and wind gusts up to 60 mph.

Flash flooding and flows of mud and debris are a worry in foothill neighborhoods beneath areas left barren by last year's wildfires.

The National Weather Service says 1.42 inches of rain fell Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport, beating the 1979 record for the date by a tenth of an inch.