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Storm could bring hail, lightning and waterspouts later Wednesday

December 22, 2010 |  8:42 am

After an overnight onslaught that brought flooding to large parts of Orange County, forecasters said Wednesday could bring more wild weather.

Jamie Meier of the National Weather Service said hail, lightning and waterspouts as well as small tornadoes were possible.

The weather service had not detected any lightning strikes on land yet, “but there are some very ominous-looking storms over the waters we’re keeping a close eye on,” Meier said.

Rainfall rates of up to two-thirds of an inch per hour have been recorded, with some heavier bursts in a few areas.

“The threat is still there,” Meier said. Energetic rain is expected to continue through Wednesday afternoon.

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