3 Saved From Flooding

SANTA CLARITA (CNS) - Three people were rescued uninjured from two cars  today when a burst of heavy rain set off a flash flood in the Santa Clarita  area, authorities said.

It happened at 3:05 p.m. at Placeritos Boulevard and Meadview Avenue,  Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo.

``There was a ton of rain and cars got stuck,'' Marrujo said. The water  in the intersection reached hubcap level.

Firefighters extended the aerial ladder from a ladder truck over the  intersection to effect the rescue, according to a news videographer. A man and  girl were rescued from one vehicle and a young man was rescued from the other  vehicle.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning at 2:34 p.m.  until 5:30 p.m. for the Sand Burn Area near Santa Clarita amid reports of mud  and debris flows across Sand Canyon Road at Iron Canyon Road, according to  Meteorologist Joe Sirraud.

Thunderstorms were reported in Santa Clarita and the west San Fernando  Valley and small hail was reported in Simi Valley and other parts of Ventura  County, he said.

The thunderstorms were expected to die down shortly after sunset,  Sirraud said, with leftover showers until around midnight.

 The wet weather is forecast to be replaced by a mild Santa Ana wind  condition starting Sunday, he said.

A high wind warning was issued for the high mountains in Los Angeles  County  with wind gusts of up to 60 mph possible from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sirraud  said.

A high wind advisory was issued for the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa  Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley and from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills with  wind gusts of 40-50 mph possible.

Fire danger is low in light of above-average rainfall, he said. But the  high winds and soggy soil could cause tree limbs and entire trees to fall and  could result in power outages if the limbs strike power lines.

Warmer, dry conditions are forecast from Sunday through Thursday night,  with daytime temperatures in inland and valley areas in the low to mid-70s  through Tuesday and possibly hitting 80 Wednesday, Sirraud said.

There is a potential for more significant rain starting Thursday night  through at least Friday, he said.

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