California Polytechnic State University

Powerful storm enters California and brings risk of flooding

The leading edge of a powerful Pacific storm entered southern and central California early Friday, bringing rains that forecasters said could become the strongest in years if not decades.

With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, some precautionary evacuations of homes in the Los Angeles region were requested due to the potential for mudslides and debris flows.

California's latest round of drought-busting wet weather began Thursday with a fast-moving front that zipped across Northern California, dropping .36 inch of rain on San Francisco before dissipating.

Friday's storm took aim at Southern California but also...