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The strongest storm to hit Southern California in several years has brought torrential rain, flash flooding and powerful winds to the area.

Southwest cancels flights in and out of Southern California

A plane takes off from John Wayne Airport. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
A plane takes off from John Wayne Airport. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Southwest Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights in and out of California on Friday amid an atmospheric river sending powerful winds and rain across the state.

About 250 of the airline’s flights to or from Burbank, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and San Diego, among others, were canceled Friday, an airline spokesperson said.

American Airlines also canceled a host of flights to and from Orange County, and the aviation website flightaware.com reported 48 cancelations at LAX.

The parade of storms is expected to be heaviest in Southern California, but several inches of rain also could drop in the mountains and foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada, the National Weather Service said.

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