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California Winter Storms Wreak Havoc

Residents in southern California are bracing for more rain Wednesday, as state authorities warn of mudslides and flooding.

Officials say at least nine people have died as a result of the heavy rains that have pounded the southern part of the state since last week. Forecasters say another several centimeters are expected today.

Southern California has logged one of its wettest seasons on record, with more than 84 centimeters of rain recorded in downtown Los Angeles since July 1 of last year. State officials say damage caused by rains, flooding, and mudslides in Los Angeles county alone has stopped $52 million.

The rain has damaged homes, buildings, roads and forced the temporary closure of several major freeways from San Diego in the south to Ventura County, north of Los Angeles.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Bloomberg.