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Monster storm threat looms over Southern California

Torrential rain, thunderstorms, flooding and hail likely to hit US state

Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
Rescue official Rick Stel guides a raft down a flooded street after a powerful rainstorm December 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. Forty-seven guests were stranded at the Premiere Hotel after floodwaters rose and blocked them from getting to dry land. (Getty Images)
Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
Ross Gill and Veronica Valeriano get a look at several boats that washed ashore along the beachon on December 22, 2010 in Santa Barbara, California. Forecasters expect more rain across the state, and in Southern California a monster storm was expected to bring torrential rain, thunderstorms, flooding, hail and possible tornadoes and water spouts. (Getty Images)
Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
Hotel guests wait for rescue officials to lead them across floodwaters on a raft after being stranded in a hotel after a powerful rainstorm December 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. Forty-seven guests were stranded at the Premiere Hotel after floodwaters rose and blocked them from getting to dry land. (Getty Images)
Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
Hotel guests wait for rescue officials to lead them across floodwaters on a raft after being stranded in a hotel after a powerful rainstorm December 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. Forty-seven guests were stranded at the Premiere Hotel after floodwaters rose and blocked them from getting to dry land. (Getty Images)
Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
A woman is rescued from floodwaters after being stranded in a hotel after a powerful rainstorm December 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. Forty-seven guests were stranded at the Premiere Hotel after floodwaters rose and blocked them from getting to dry land. (Getty Images)
Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
Jennifer Bowerman (C) is rescued from floodwaters after being stranded in a hotel after a powerful rainstorm December 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. Forty-seven guests were stranded at the Premiere Hotel after floodwaters rose and blocked them from getting to dry land. (Getty Images)
Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
Ross Gill and Veronica Valeriano get a look at several boats that washed ashore along the beachon on December 22, 2010 in Santa Barbara, California. Forecasters expect more rain across the state, and in Southern California a monster storm was expected to bring torrential rain, thunderstorms, flooding, hail and possible tornadoes and water spouts. (Getty Images)
Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
Nick Negro works to repair and reinstall the holiday decorations after strong overnight winds toppled a Christmas tree on the pier on December 22, 2010 in Santa Barbara, California. Forecasters expected more rain across the state, in Southern California a monster storm was expected to bring torrential rain, thunderstorms, flooding, hail and possible tornadoes and water spouts. (Getty Images)
Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
Linda Dealy (L) and her dog are rescued from floodwaters after being stranded in a hotel after a powerful rainstorm December 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. Forty-seven guests were stranded at the Premiere Hotel after floodwaters rose and blocked them from getting to dry land. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
Monster storm threat looms over Southern California
A double rainbow is visible above Los Angeles as a passanger jet lands at Los Angeles International Airport after powerful rainstorms passed through Southern California in on December 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Forecasters expect more rain across the state, and in Southern California a monster storm was expected to bring torrential rain, thunderstorms, flooding, hail and possible tornadoes and water spouts. (Getty Images)