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Storms dump more than 18 inches of rain in San Gabriel Mountains

December 21, 2010 |  5:49 pm

More than 18 inches of rain has fallen in the San Gabriel Mountains since a series of Pacific storms began saturating Southern California on Thursday.

By Tuesday evening, 18.31 inches of rain had been recorded at Tanbark Flats above La Verne, and 14.49 inches had fallen at Crystal Lake above Azusa, the National Weather Service said.

Along the coast, 6.58 inches had fallen in Santa Monica and 6.61 inches had been recorded in Long Beach. Beverly Hills had 7.33 inches, the weather service said. At the Hollywood Reservoir, 7.16 inches had fallen.

The strongest storm yet was expected to pound the region early Wednesday and could trigger thunderstorms, hail and even water spouts, according to the weather service.

Powerful storm predicted for early Wednesday

Homes evacuated in L.A. County foothill areas

  Photos: Series of storms hits Southern California

-- Robert J. Lopez