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9/21/2007

Strongest storm in 20 years to hit Southern California

California, USA
A cold, “almost unprecedented” September storm is working its way toward the Southland, bringing the threat of showers, thunderstorms and snow at higher elevations from this afternoon until tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service issued a statement warning of heavy winds, rain and cold temperatures to last through Saturday. The storm moving in from Canada and Monterey is threatening possible rockslides and mudslides in the burn area from the Butler 2 Fire near Big Bear along Highway 18. Mudslides are also possible near Idyllwild after last October's Esperanza Wildfire by Highway 243.

The storm could bring snow to mountain communities at elevations above 6,000 feet. Waterspouts over the ocean and some tornadoes could also form in some areas. Thunderstorms are expected to drop anywhere from a half-inch of rain in the desert to 2 and a half-inches of rain at the base of some mountain areas.

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