Rain still on track across SW Calif Wed afternoon into early Thu morning. Main threats will be rockslides, mudslides, minor debris flows across #WoolseyFire and #HillFire burn areas. Greatest threat along Hwy 1 and canyon roadways. #LArain #LAWeather #cawx pic.twitter.com/a44RCA6XRy
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) November 19, 2018
Heavy rain is not exactly being welcomed in California despite recent wildfires in the northern and southern parts of the state which have been ferocious and deadly.
Officials are now warning about the threat of mudslides as rain falls on dry or parched land and it runs downhill bringing rocks and debris with it.
About 100 mm of rain could fall in the north where the so-called Camp Fire has wiped out the mountain town of Paradise, north of the state capital Sacramento, claiming more than 77 lives with 1,000 still missing.
In the south, nearly 50 mm could dampen the so-called Woolsey Fire in the western suburbs of Los Angeles which has claimed at least three lives and destroyed some of America’s most expensive real estate including the homes of numerous Hollywood celebrities.
The cause of both fires is still under investigation but a lawsuit alleges problems with electricity transmission lines may have played a role.