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The latest on powerful Northern California storm

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg). Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in this view from Sausalito, Calif.  A storm expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years swept across the ...


The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for areas burned in last summer's massive King Fire in El Dorado and Placer counties. Mudslides also were reported closing some roads in Lake County as the heaviest rain moved inland.


The snow level was about 8,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada, still above highway level, but was expected to lower to about 4,500 feet and cause chain controls and traffic delays overnight, said Brooke Bingaman of the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
One mountaintop monitor recorded a wind gust of 147 mph.
9:53 a.m. PST:
In the small, farm town of Healdsburg, cars stalled on flooded streets. Laura Cobar, a Safeway employee, said the water was rising and she feared it might enter the grocery store.
"We got kids canoeing in our parking lot, and there's water up to our doors," she said.
9:53 a.m. PST:
Isolated power outages and downed trees were reported in the Sacramento Valley as the storm moved inland, but traffic over the Sierra Nevada was not yet affected with snow levels remaining above pass levels.
A Sacramento Municipal Utility District worker was taken to a hospital after he was struck by a vehicle north of downtown Sacramento while he was walking to check on a downed power line, district spokesman Robert Tokunaga said. The employee was awake and alert as he was transported, Tokunaga said.
9:53 a.m. PST:
Boat trips taking people to Alcatraz Island, an iconic stop for San Francisco visitors, were canceled due the storm, according to Alcatraz Cruises LLC, the company that operates the tours. Tickets will be refunded, and the company said on its website that it expected to be operating again Friday.
9:30 a.m. PST:
On Twitter, the hashtag #BayAreaStorm was trending, while #HellaStorm had been tweeted about 10,000 times over 24 hours, according to analytics site Topsy.
9:25 a.m. PST:
The storm arrived overnight and dropped heavy rain north of San Francisco before spreading over the Bay Area. It's expected to move throughout the state through the day.

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