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UPDATED: 3:05 pm PST November 8, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- A Pacific storm that may reach the Southland later Tuesday could bring heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, hail, waterspouts and strong winds to the region, according to the National Weather Service.
A flash-flood watch will go into effect in burn areas of Los Angeles County at 8 p.m. and run through Wednesday night.
"A strong upper low centered off the coast of Southern California continues to tap into a large area of subtropical moisture that will bring increasing threat of rainfall for Southern and Central California," according to an NWS statement.
The vanguard of the storm is expected to reach Los Angeles County Tuesday evening, but the brunt of the rain is expected to hit overnight, with possible periods of intense rainfall continuing through tomorrow evening, meteorologists said.
Scattered showers likely will continue into Thursday evening, due to the upper low stalling of the Southern California coast.
"This weather system will also bring a threat of thunderstorms, which could produce locally heavy rain and small hail, along with local wind gusts over 50 mph," according to the NWS. "In addition, conditions will be favorable for some rotation with storms overnight and Wednesday, so waterspouts and small tornadoes will be possible."
The NWS statement warns, however, "There is still some uncertainty in the timing and intensity for rainfall with this system, as cutoff low pressure systems can be very erratic."
The storm could bring a half-inch to 1 1/2 inches of rain to coastal and valley areas and up to 4 inches of the wet stuff in south-facing mountain areas. Other mountain areas could get up to 3 inches of rain before the storm moves on.