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Flash flood watch issued for Southern California mountains

February 17, 2011 | 10:39 pm

A flash flood watch has been issued for mountain areas in Southern California that have been scorched by wildfires in recent years, forecasters said Thursday night.

The watch was issued as a powerful storm was bearing down on the region. The heaviest rainfall is expected to hit Santa Barbara and Ventura counties Friday afternoon and reach the Los Angeles area in the late afternoon and last to about midnight, the National Weather Service said.

The flash flood watch was issued for areas that were burned by blazes such as the Station fire and Morris fire in the San Gabriel Mountains in 2009, the weather service said.

Those areas "will have the potential for flash flooding and debris flows," the agency said. Rainfall could total 3 to 6 inches in mountain areas.

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