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Reports: Evacuations ordered as strong storm pounds California

A strong storm will unload one final round of flooding rain and heavy snow across California into Monday.

The additional rainfall combined with the previous storms will lead to an increased threat for flooding and various debris flows. Heavy snow in the mountains could bring travel to a standstill.

Drier weather will return to the state around the middle of the week.

Flash flood watch remains in effect for the entire San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast through this afternoon. This additional rainfall on already saturated soils will likely lead to flash flooding of area streams and rivers as well as local urban areas.

Sacramento, California is experiencing a rapid increase of power outages. Over 7,000 customers are currently without power.

As of Jan. 21, 6:45 p.m. PST, the following emergency-related road closures in Santa Clarita are closures at Sand Canyon, Lost Canyon, Placerita Canyon and 14 Freeway. There are also major closures at Iron Canyon and Sand Canyon.

Strong winds have downed numerous trees in Monterey and Santa Clara counties early Sunday morning, according to law enforcement. Several of the trees are blocking roadways in the area. Roadway flooding has also been reported north of San Francisco.

The city of Santa Clarita has ordered evacuations for areas at greatest risk for debris flows in advance of the storm. Residents in about 120 homes in the vicinity of last summer’s Sand Fire were urged to leave their homes no later than 10 p.m. PST on Saturday.