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Jan 19, 2010 10:56 AM by Associated Press

Second in series of storms expected to hit California

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for areas of Southern California scarred by last summers wildfires as authorities and residents brace for another day of heavy rains.

The agency's flash flood watch, issued early Tuesday, is for burn areas in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

A rainstorm that pounded much of the state Monday moved on without causing major damage. And by Monday night, authorities had invited the residents of nearly 200 homes in foothill communities to return after they had been ordered evacuated earlier in the day.

Tuesday's storm is expected to bring rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches along the coast and valleys and up to 6 inches in the mountains.

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