Rain and snow expected to ease in California after storm


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A soaking California emerged Wednesday from a powerful storm that unleashed rain, snow and raging floodwaters, leaving one person dead and two others missing after being swept away in a canal .

The National Weather Service says mountain showers and snow will ease through Wednesday in southern California, as will gusty northerly winds. Dry and slightly warmer weather is expected to return to the region for the rest of the week after Tuesday’s election day pounding that turned deadly in the Ontario city, where a current in a canal swept away six people, in killing one.

Three were rescued by firefighters but two others are still missing.

In Orange County, the Republican Party urged members to vote early amid downpours. A showpiece race pitted Democratic Rep. Katie Porter, a star on the party’s progressive wing, against Republican Scott Baugh. Porter took an early double-digit lead, but by midnight she and Baugh were split by less than a percentage point with nearly half the votes still uncounted.

A tornado touched down a few miles (kilometers) outside the town of Galt near Sacramento at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. No major damage was reported.

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In the San Francisco Bay Area, meteorologists say scattered showers are expected for Wednesday, along with freezing and freezing temperatures in inland areas for the rest of the week.

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