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CNN Today

Strong Pacific Storm Leaves Californians All Wet

Aired February 23, 2000 - 2:26 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: The group The Mamas and The Papas had a hit song that went, "It never rains in Southern California." Well, folks there know those lyrics are all wet, especially this week.

CNN's Jim Hill says it's the same tune all Californians are singing.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JIM HILL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): California turned from the "Golden State" to the gray state, as a strong Pacific storm brought rain from one end of the state to the other.

In Rancho San Diego, a 40-ton boulder crashed down a rain- softened hillside and into the master bedroom of a home.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, Herb. This woke me up this morning. I heard it.

HILL: Fortunately, the family was away at the time, but the home suffered extensive damage.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Poor, poor people. Oh, I feel so bad for them.

HILL: Central and Southern California were under a heavy surf advisory and flash-flood watches were in effect, especially for hillside areas left bare by recent wildfires.

In Northern California, rain caused the collapse of a K-Mart store roof in San Jose. And in Daly City, people were told to leave some hilltop homes that are in danger of tumbling down the slope.

In the Sierra Nevada mountains, the cold, wet storm dropped up to three feet of snow at elevations above 7,000 feet. Tire chains were required over mountain passes, and Lake Tahoe had travel restrictions.

Although there has been snarled traffic and incidents of flooding and small mud slides, no one was reported hurt.

(on camera): Forecasters say California can expect more wet weather, with a weaker storm on Thursday and another a stronger one moving in on Sunday.

Jim Hill, CNN, Los Angeles.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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