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Storm sets Southern California rainfall records

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Posted at 4:26 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 19:26:11-04

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — A late spring storm has soaked parts of Southern California with record rainfall.

The National Weather Service says Thursday that downtown Los Angeles got .48 inches of rain, a record for the date. A half-dozen other records were set, including Santa Barbara, which got nearly an inch of rain.

The storm also dumped fresh snow in the Sierra Nevada, where the seasonal snowpack and rainfall totals already are well above normal.

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Authorities rescued four hikers caught in the weather on the far north's Redwood Coast and two people trapped on a tiny island in the suddenly fast-flowing Los Angeles River.