The storm front that forecasters warned could bring mudslides and severe flooding in Southern California has moved east without causing the damaged some feared.
Up to three inches of rain had been expected in Orange County canyons that were burned bare by wildfires earlier in the year. About 1,000 homes were ordered evacuated in the area as a precaution yesterday, but only about half the expected amount of rain fell overnight.
Officials had been concerned that people would clog the narrow streets if they waited to leave until it was dark and raining. Only about 40 homes actually were evacuated, but officials say residents took precautions, such as sandbagging.