Up to 3 Inches Rain Expected by Friday as Major Storms Barrel Into Southern California

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The drought-plagued state was slammed with rainstorms Thursday night, with Northern California hit particularly hard.

In Southern California, rains started moving in Thursday afternoon.

The storm is expected to drop 1 to 3 inches of rain by Friday morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sirard said. The weather service issued a flash flood watch for the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains and foothill communities in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys.

But the situation in Northern California was more dramatic, with one small town in the North Bay Area receiving nearly 7 inches of rain over the last 24-hour period, forecasters said.

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