- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on California storms (all times local):

3:18 p.m.

A storm front has descended from the north into Southern California, bringing short but fierce downpours and prompting widespread flood advisories.

The rain arrived early Friday afternoon after inundating the San Francisco Bay Area. The National Weather Service says the storm dumped nearly a quarter-inch of rain in five minutes in the Los Angeles-foothill community of La Canada Flintridge.

Los Angeles fire officials say a power line fell on a car in the San Fernando Valley, trapping the driver. Fire crews were waiting for the line to be de-energized before making a rescue.



In the Hollywood Hills, firefighters rescued two hikers who climbed a tree and were afraid to risk a rain-soaked trail on Mulholland Drive.

Forecasters also warned of gusty winds - potentially reaching 60 to 75 mph - in some mountains and deserts.

The mountains also could get snow before the storm moves off this weekend.

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6:45 a.m.

Flood watches and warnings are blanketing Northern California as the latest in a series of storms moves in.

The National Weather Service in the San Francisco Bay Area says flood warnings are in effect Friday for the Napa River near St. Helena and the Russian River near Guerneville.

Winter storm warnings for heavy snow are also in effect for the Sierra Nevada.

A Pacific storm system is also expected to move down through the Central Coast and into Southern California, bringing rain, possible thunderstorms and mountain snow lowering to 5,000-foot elevations.

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An already wet March is set to get even more moisture Friday and to bring further swells to lakes and dams in Northern California.

Heavy rain hit the region north of San Francisco on Thursday, bringing four inches to the coastal hills of wine country. Two to three more inches are expected on Friday and another storm is expected to roll in Saturday and stay for the rest of the weekend.

Flash-flood warnings were issued for swelling rivers and streams in Marin and Sonoma counties.

In Santa Rosa, which got 2.5 inches of rain Thursday, the storm caused a partial roof collapse at a Kmart store. No injuries were reported.

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