The Latest: 5 rescued from flooded homeless encampment

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Posted: Jan 20, 2017 6:24 PM
The Latest: 5 rescued from flooded homeless encampment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California's latest storm (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

Los Angeles firefighters rescued five people from a flooded homeless encampment.

The Los Angeles Fire Department says they first rescued four people Friday afternoon who couldn't get out of the flooded encampment safely.

They said one of those victims was taken to a hospital for an unrelated medical issue.

Later Friday afternoon, firefighters flew over the area in a helicopter and discovered a fifth victim. They said rescuers used a boat to reach the person and safely remove them from the area.

Police say the Sepulveda Basin area in the San Fernando Valley will remain closed Friday afternoon due to heavy rain.

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2:45 p.m.

Authorities say four students have been injured after being struck by a toppling tree near a middle school in the San Diego area.

Chula Vista Police Lt. Dan Peak says a 50-year-old pepper tree came crashing down around 1:30 p.m. Friday near Chula Vista Middle School.

He says four students who were walking nearby suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for observation. Peak says a backpack saved one of them from being seriously hurt.

He says the city is experiencing flooding because of heavy rainfall. Authorities believe that caused the large tree to fall.

Officials said tree limbs also fell on cars near the University of California, San Diego campus. Local attractions, including SeaWorld and the Legoland theme park, were also closed Friday due to the storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for San Diego County.

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1:15 p.m.

The Lake Tahoe region remains under a winter storm warning into Monday after the second of a trio of storms dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on the top of the Sierra Nevada.

Sugarbowl ski resort reported Friday it has received 22 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours near U.S. Interstate 80 west of Truckee, California. Sixteen inches of new snow was reported at Heavenly ski resort at South Lake Tahoe, and a foot at Tahoma on Tahoe's west shore.

The National Weather Service says the strongest of the three storms arrives Saturday night and continues into Monday morning, with winds gusting up to 140 mph over the Sierra ridgetops Saturday night and Sunday.

As much as 6 feet of snow is expected in the mountains around Lake Tahoe, and 2 to 4 feet at lake level. Up to 8 inches of snow is forecast in Reno, Nevada.

By Monday, forecasters expect many parts of the Sierra are expected to have the maximum springtime snowpack level typically not reached until April 1.

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Noon

A flood on the southern Santa Barbara County coast has swept cabins and vehicles down a narrow canyon as the latest storm drenches California.

County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni says a creek overflowed at midmorning Friday and swept five cabins and 15 vehicles down the canyon which lies just above El Capitan State Beach.

Firefighters rescued one person from a vehicle and another person got out of a vehicle on their own. Neither was injured.

Zaniboni says a dozen people are stuck up El Capitan Canyon but none are injured. Authorities are trying to determine how to get those people out.

The canyon contains a private campground with 200 cabins.

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11:25 a.m.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as the second in a trio of storms brings rain to California.

The National Weather Service issued the warnings Friday morning as radar indicated rain fall rates in excess of 1 inch per hour.

Forecasters warn that mud and debris flows will be possible across wildfire burn areas.

Flood advisories have been posted for the San Joaquin Valley, the Central Coast counties, all of Los Angeles County and parts of Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.

Flood warnings issued earlier remain in effect for locations in Sonoma, Santa Cruz and Mendocino counties.

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The second in a trio of storms has arrived in California.

Rain, heavy at times, is overspreading the state early Friday and a flash flood warning has been issued for southeastern Sonoma County.

The National Weather Service has also issued a flood advisory for San Luis Obispo County as moderate to heavy rain falls on the Central Coast.

Storm warnings are posted up and down the Sierra Nevada and across the mountains of Southern California.

Big surf is also rolling in, and forecasters say waves could build to 30 feet on the Central Coast.