Flash flood warning issued for Inland Empire storm that could cause debris flows

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A thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon over recently burned areas in the Inland Empire has prompted a flash flood warning from meteorologists who say the rainfall could lead to debris flows.

The warning for the Apple and El Dorado fire burn scars will be in place until 5:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in San Diego.

Between 0.5 and 1 inch of rain has fallen, with an expected rate of up to 1 inch per hour, meteorologists said.

“Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly,” the weather service said. “Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Apple and El Dorado burn scar. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.”

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