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Stormy weather again unleashed much-needed rain over the weekend.

But across Southern California and other parts of the state, it did so with treacherous effect.

Among the hardest hit areas were along the coast, including Long Beach, where rainfall at the airport set a daily record on Sunday, 3.87 inches. Los Angeles Airport got 2.78 inches, also a record.

Flooding was widespread in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Powerful winds sent soaked trees crashing onto cars and homes.

Mudslides blocked numerous roads, while rising water submerged others — including the 110 and 710 Freeways.

A resident checked her driveway after mud and debris washed in front of her home in Duarte, in Los Angeles County, on Sunday. Credit Watchara Phomicinda/San Gabriel Valley Tribune, via Associated Press


Farther north, swells up to 34 feet high were recorded in Monterey Bay, The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported. Docked at a pier there, the S.S. Palo Alto, a historic concrete ship, was snapped in half by crashing waves.


In Santa Cruz County, the San Lorenzo River breached its banks, sending water and debris into homes.

Communities in the Sierra Nevada braced for more than two feet of additional snow.

Forecasts said precipitation would continue through Monday, tapering on Tuesday.

The seemingly boundless rain and snow of recent months has recast California’s drought situation, scientists say.

A year ago, about 43 percent of the state was gripped by “exceptional drought,” according to the United States Drought Monitor. Last week, that figure was roughly 2 percent.

As of Friday, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, a crucial water source after the winter, was at nearly 170 percent of its historical average. Many major reservoirs are replenished.

“It is remarkable,” Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said of the turnaround.

But Dr. Ralph and other drought experts tend to take the long view of California’s water predicament, one that includes a trend of rising temperatures.

“The recent period of unusual dryness — that’s over,” Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at U.C. Davis, said on Sunday.

But, he added, “California is always going to be a dry place.”


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