Mudslides, rainfall, trapped motorists as intense monsoonal storm hits California

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August is off to a sticky, wet start as a monsoon flow dogs California.

Some parts of the state saw heavy rainfall over the last few days, while others endured flash floods and debris flows. Other areas saw little of either, but endured a hot, sticky mess of high humidity, which is expected to break off over the next few days but will stubbornly return by the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Approximately 30 drivers were stranded in their cars Sunday as heavy rain sent mud and debris onto Highway 38 leading to Big Bear. The Angelus Oaks area in San Bernardino saw a little more than an inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service, which was just enough to send mud flowing down from the 2020 burn scar left by the El Dorado fire.

Due to the possibility for more thunderstorms on Monday, a 12-hour flash flood watch began at 10 a.m. for the San Bernardino and Riverside mountains.

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