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Southland gets a soaking for the holidays

Alan Zada, dressed as Santa Claus, greets surfers during the 9th annual URT Santa Surf Off and Toy Drive in Coronado, Calif. (K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)
Isaac Rivera, 3, of Covina, runs from a picnic area in the Angeles National Forest to play in the snow on Christmas Eve. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Martin Rivera of Covina and his family came to the Angeles National Forest to play in the snow on Christmas Eve. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
A woman takes photos in Belmont Shore on a winter afternoon.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Deborah Hale shops for a Christmas tree as rain falls at Tapia Bros. Farm in Encino. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Harper Cebula plays near the Hermosa Beach Pier on a cold and wet winter day. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Shoppers walk through Fashion Island in Newport Beach on a soggy winter morning two days before Christmas.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Shoppers are reflected in a Christmas ornament at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A break in the rain provides some relief to shoppers at the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles. This is the first of two storms bringing rain and snow to Southern California during the holidays. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
Storm clouds move overhead as construction worker Fernando Carillo secures a Christmas tree and a menorah to a steel beam atop a project on Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Fire crews rescue a person who became trapped beneath a large tree that was apparently toppled by winds in Echo Park on Monday. (KTLA-TV Channel 5)
L.A. city fire crews assess the area where a tree fell on a building on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
Douglas Owens, with the city of San Diego, monitors an area that flooded along Harbor Boulevard in downtown San Diego. (K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)
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