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More flash flooding forecast for California's inland areas

CaptureMore thunderstorms and flash flooding is forecast for the Inland Empire, a day after huge downpours caused mudflows, rescues and flooded streets.

In Victorville on Friday, the Oro Grande Wash, which curves through the city of 116,000, flooded out Pebble Beach Drive and Hughes Road, causing the city to close those roads, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller. Waters were not high enough to force the closure of Seneca Road.

Television images showed a white car stranded by floodwaters on Hughes Road. But as of 6:15 p.m., there were no signs of property damage, the sheriff's department said.

The flooding came after nearly an inch of rain dropped across the area quickly Friday afternoon, said Stephen Harrison, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Moisture coming in from Mexico is colliding with unstable air in the High Desert, and “those two things are creating a lot of thunderstorms over the mountains and High Desert, and places like Victorville,” Harrison said.

Weather Story (click the image for a higher resolution image).

The weather service warned that Interstate 15, the main route linking Southern California to Las Vegas, and other mountain and desert roads, could become impassable in low spots, such as in Apple Valley, Hesperia and Wrightwood.

According to KTLA-TV, a man who was trapped by mud running down a hillside was rescued in the Forest Falls area.

Thunderstorms were expected to decrease Friday evening, but Saturday could bring more thunderstorms, from late morning into the evening, Harrison said.


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Photo: Rescuers help a man out of a flooded creek in Forest Falls. Credit: KTLA

Map: National Weather Service

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