A note to our readers: The Times is providing open access to Southern California storm coverage
The most powerful rainstorm of the year in California is expected to deliver a direct hit to areas burned in the Thomas fire, bringing with it fears of new destructive mudslides. Authorities have ordered about 21,000 residents in Santa Barbara County to flee.
As a service to readers, the Los Angeles Times has lifted its online paywall and is providing unlimited access to stories about the storm.
Here is our developing coverage:
The view from Sacramento
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