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Record rainfall recorded as storm pounds Southern California

October 6, 2010 |  6:09 pm

New daily rainfall records were set from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles on Wednesday as a storm blew across Southern California, forecasters said.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, downtown Los Angeles had received 0.37 of an inch of rain, breaking a previous record of 0.22 of an inch set in 1916, the National Weather Service said.

At Los Angeles International Airport, 0.43 of an inch of rain fell. That broke a 1945 record of 0.16 of an inch, the weather service said. Woodland Hills recorded 0.29 of an inch of rain, which topped a total of 0.13 of an inch set in 1985.

In Ventura County, Oxnard recorded 0.45 of an inch of rain, topping the 1966 record of 0.02 of an inch, according to the weather service. Santa Barbara Airport in Goleta had received 0.61 of an inch of rain, breaking a record of 0.33 of an inch registered in 1960.

The weather service said the storm was expected to move out of the region Thursday and give way to a high-pressure system that will bring warm temperatures and a possibility of dry winds. The warmest areas will be in the 90s.

--Robert J. Lopez

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