California Auto Accidents On The Rise, More Flooding Likely

Los Angeles County residents have seen close to four inches of rain in some parts of the region after heavy storms over the weekend, leading to more than 264 crashes on Saturday, more than five times those from earlier. The Daily News has more on the dangerous California roads:

Authorities blamed a rain-soaked freeway Saturday for a traffic crash in Newhall in which two people were killed at the height of the morning rainfall.

A motorist driving 65 mph hydroplaned and lost control of her car, slamming a second car into the concrete median and killing two people inside the second vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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The concern, officials said, was for when the heaviest storm arrives Tuesday night, continuing through Wednesday.

That second storm system is forecast to bring “more intense” rainfall to the region, said Weather Service meteorologist Rich Thompson.

The second storm has the potential for heavier rainfall intensities “on top of soils that may be approaching saturation,” which could cause flooding, debris flows and rockslides, according to the weather service.

“There could be some problems for the burn areas next week,” Thompson said.

Officials are preparing for flooding and posting mudflow warnings for burn areas in the San Gabriel Mountains and in Malibu.

We hope everyone stays safe, and keeps in mind that mudslides and other rain-related road damage can happen quickly and without warning. Be sure to drive with more caution than normal, and keep track of upcoming weather reports.

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