California storm forces evacuations, leaves two dead

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A powerful rain and snow storm in California on Monday is being blamed for two traffic deaths.

The heavy snow has led to the closing of the Cajon Pass east of Los Angeles. North of the city, state highway patrol officers are having to guide motorists across the snowy Tejon Pass.

One highway patrol officer directing traffic was reportedly struck and killed east of L.A. and in the San Diego area, authorities say at least one person has died after an armored truck slid off a wet highway.

Also on Monday, authorities in Anaheim say at least seven people were hurt in a roof collapse. They say the roof of an adult occupational school came crashing down during a driving rainstorm.

The storm has also forced hundreds of people to flee their homes around Yorba Linda. The area was devastated by a wildfire just last month and is now under threat of mudslides.

Some 20,000 homes and businesses have lost power because of the storm, mostly in Northern California.

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