California storms pour across state

LOS ANGELES — A storm dumped as much as 7 inches of rain on parts of Southern California over the weekend, triggering scores of accidents and a few minor mudslides.

Rainfall that began Saturday morning continued throughout Sunday and wasn't expected to let up until sometime Monday. It was expected to resume again Tuesday, continue through Wednesday and then, after a brief break, return on Christmas Day, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.

A flash-flood warning was in effect for parts of Southern California, particularly mountain areas burned in recent years by wildfires.

Residents of La Canada Flintridge were among those keeping a wary eye on the rain. More than 40 homes in the hillside city just north of Los Angeles were damaged or destroyed by a mudslide in February.

"We are holding up," said Lien Yang, who measures rainfall totals in his backyard and reported about 3 inches had fallen by noon Sunday. "It's coming down steady but not pouring. Therefore it doesn't cause a mud flow or flooding or anything like that. Hopefully it's winding down and we'll have no threat this time."

In Northern California, the San Francisco Bay area caught only a portion of a powerful storm system, the National Weather Service said, although the weather was blamed for a series of scattered power outages.

Moderate to heavy rainfall fell on San Francisco early Sunday, but by late morning most of the precipitation had moved east.

Despite light weekend traffic, the rain triggered more than 60 accidents throughout the Los Angeles area, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Many were fender-benders but in the city of Industry, east of Los Angeles, a car carrying four members of a family hit a tree. A 6-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition and her father, mother and 15-month-old sister suffered lesser injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Hollywood Park canceled its final seven races of the day Sunday after rain made a section of turf leading to the main track too dangerous to navigate.