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Storm forces Santa Monica officials to close California Incline

December 21, 2010 |  7:55 pm

The heavily used California Incline road in Santa Monica will be closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday to at least 7 a.m. Wednesday because of a powerful storm expected to batter the region, authorities said.

During weekdays, thousands of vehicles traverse the road, which connects the city to Pacific Coast Highway.

City officials will assess weather conditions in the morning and determine whether to reopen the road, the Santa Monica Police Department said.

Crews have been working to remove debris in the area to reduce the chance of flooding before the storm hits.

The National Weather Service said the storm was expected early Wednesday and could trigger hail, tornadoes and flooding.

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-- Robert J. Lopez

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