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Deadly storms pound California; rain expected beyond weekend

Rain on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

Storms will continue to pound California through early next week, with the northern part of the state expected to be hit hardest.

The storms are linked to at least one death.

The damp and gray skies will hang around Southern California with no relief likely until Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast calls for cloudy skies and a 50% chance of rain in Los Angeles and the surrounding area for most of the weekend.

Northern California is suffering under a proper deluge, with high winds and heavy rain delaying flights in and out of San Francisco and briefly knocking out power on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Friday.

Among the storm's toll, according to the Associated Press:

-- A Pacific Gas & Electric worker was killed after his truck crashed into a traffic signal pole during the stormy weather.

--  Flights were delayed at San Francisco's airport, 

-- Parts of Sonoma County received more than 7 inches of rain and areas in Napa County received nearly 6 inches, Henderson said.

-- Several Christmas parades in the region were canceled.

What’s wet at sea level is turning to snow on 14,000-foot Mt. Shasta, which could be in for a U.S. record-breaking 200-inch snowfall this week, according to the Weather Channel.  The mountain set the previous record with 189 inches over six days in 1959.

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-- Jack Dolan and Shelby Grad

Photo: Shoppers brave the weather at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica on Friday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
 
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