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A flash flood watch is in effect for parts of Southern California on Monday, a day after the region was walloped with heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Kay that led to precipitation records, flood damage and mudslides that trapped dozens of motorists in the Lake Hughes area.
“We have one more day to get through as far as some potential for serious flooding, and then after that we should be home free,” said Dave Bruno, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
Thunderstorms and flooding threats were expected Monday in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the Antelope Valley, with a flash flood watch in effect from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Storms could hit areas including the Lockwood Valley area in Ventura County, toward Frazier Park in Kern County; along the 5 Freeway, including Pyramid Lake and Castaic Lake in L.A. County; and the area from Mount Wilson up toward Falling Springs through Big Pine and into the southeastern Antelope Valley. Mudslides are also possible in recent burn areas, Bruno said.
A flash flood watch is also in effect farther south, with thunderstorms and heavy rains expected in the mountains in San Bernardino and Riverside counties and the high desert, including Victorville and Palmdale. No heavy thunderstorms are expected for the coastal side of the mountains, said Miguel Miller, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Diego.